2013: Less light and a British connection

January 21, 2013
The supply of 75-watt bulbs will soon be gone thanks to statutes of federal law. BY RON MACARTHUR

Forget about the fiscal cliff, what about light bulbs and a new royal?

The new year will mark the end of the 75-watt light bulb and the birth of a future king or queen.

The new year means the beginning of the end of 75-watt incandescent bulbs. By federal law, the bulbs have been banned from manufacture and import in the United States. The law banned 100-watt incandescent bulbs last year; the end of 40- and 60-watt bulbs will occur in 2014.

Federal law, passed in 2007, mandates that compact fluorescent bulbs replace older technology bulbs. According to the experts, 90 percent of the energy used by the bulbs we grew up with is wasted.


The British connection in the new year

We can look forward to a media circus this summer with all of England going goo-goo for a royal baby. Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, the future king, are expecting a baby in July. The first-born boy or girl will be third in line of succession to the throne behind Prince Charles and Prince William. Prince Harry will drop to fourth in line.

Locally, another British connection will make news in 2013. Lewes residents will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the British bombardment of Lewes during the War of 1812. The Lewes Historical Society plans several events this spring to commemorate the event.

In March 1813, the British Royal Navy blockaded Lewes to deter shipping on the Delaware River and Delaware Bay. When the residents refused to provide supplies to the Brits, the Royal Navy opened fire for 24 hours April 6 and 7 sending as many as 800 projectiles into the town. When the bombardment stopped, the Royal Navy withdrew but maintained its blockade until the end of the war two years later.

The most visible reminder of the bombardment is a single cannon ball embedded in the foundation of the historical society's Cannonball House in downtown Lewes. The house is located across the street from 1812 Park, one of two former forts used to defend the town.


  • Ron MacArthur has lived and worked in Sussex County all his life. As a journalist for more than 40 years, he has covered everything from county and town meetings to presidential visits. He also has a unique perspective having served as an elected official and lived on both sides of the county.

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