Laid Off, A Chemist Invents A Very Relevant Gadget: The Magic Toob Lampshade Leveler
I suspect your response to a lampshade leveler is going to be "So what." Mine was too... until I learned how universally relevant this little gadget is now, and will be in the next few years.
You see the U.S. government, under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, is mandating that all incandescent light bulbs be off the market by 2014, and that they be replaced by energy efficient lighting. Beginning in 2012, the 100 watt incandescent bulbs will be off the market, in 2013, all the 75 watt incandescents go, and in 2014, all the lesser watt bulbs will follow suit.
Energy efficient light bulbs are on the market; a General Electric survey indicated that 83 percent of responders have started to used them, even though they are not mandatory. They are more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs, but they last many times longer and use far less electricity. The least expensive of the new energy-efficient light bulbs are the spiral-shaped compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) - right now about one-quarter to one-fifth the price of other energy efficient light bulbs.
Okay. Now, why will you need a Magic Toob Lampshade Leveler? Well, if you've had any difficulty so far in getting your clip-on lampshades to fit over one of those spiral CFL dudes, you already know why; they don't fit.
Jack D'Alelio was trying to get one of his clip-on lampshades to fit over a CFL and he ended up creating a solution that has become a patent pending new product at The Daily Grommet! And more retailers to come!
D'Alelio, a chemist by training, had been working as a quality professional in biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical devices for 30 years when he was laid off - "again," as he states. He had decided to strike out on his own and formed Nimble Jack Enterprises, committed to providing solutions to every day problems. The Magic Toob Lampshade Leveler is his first solution, and one that drew from his experience as a chemist too, as he had worked with the main material, high temperature silicon tubing.
The Magic Toob Lampshade Leveler not only saves you from having to purchase new lampshades, but it lets you buy the spiral shaped CFL's instead of the round CFL's. Here's Mr. D'Alelio to tell you why that's desirable...
You can learn more information about the Magic Toob or purchase one at MagicToob.com. Jack D'Alelio is a contributor to InventorSpot Forums (jackbnimble56) and writes of his invention experiences in our Patent Pending column.