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The Light Bulb Conspiracy – The Untold Story of Planned Obsolescence

Technical details

  • Year
  • 2010

  • Type
  • Documentary - Television

  • Genre
  • Documentary

  • Audience
  • General Audiences

  • Runtime
  • 52'

  • Original version
  • Catalan

  • Other available versions
  • English, Spanish, Catalan, French

  • Format
  • Colour, HDCAM, Other

  • Status
  • Released


Once upon a time, consumer goods were built to last. Then, in the 1920’s, a group of businessmen realized that the longer their products lasted, the less money they made. Thus Planned Obsolescence was born and, ever since, manufacturers have deliberately shortened their products’ life spans to increase sales.

The current throwaway climate - where the latest gadget is outdated after a year and electronics are cheaper to replace than to repair – is the basis for economic growth. But infinite consumption is unsustainable with finite resources. With the economy crumbling and consumers becoming increasingly resistant to the practice, has Planned Obsolescence reached the end of its own life?

Production company(ies)

Media 3.14
Contact Eva Peris Vega
Address Av. Diagonal 177. Edifici IMAGINA 08018 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone +34 934 761 551
Fax +34 934 761 552
Televisió de Catalunya
Contact Victor Carrera
Address Carrer de la TV3 s/n 08970 Sant Joan Despí, Spain
Telephone +34 934 999 333
Fax +34 934 731 563


Japan Prize 2011 - Maeda Prize