GE's last remaining U.S.-based incandescent light-bulb factory is set to close this month, marking a major milestone in the nation's shift to energy-efficient lighting. But the move away from incandescents is creating niche markets for the bulbs as novelty decorations and romantic fittings in trendy restaurants. "Incandescent bulbs are like fireplaces, a vestigial remnant from an earlier time," writes Philip Proefrock. "While they may contribute to the ambiance of a space, their operating costs are huge, and much of the desired effect can be obtained from other sources."

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