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Incandescent Light Bulbs To Be Banned Jan 1

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs set to be banned from January 1 as manufacturers are forced to produce energy efficient but expensive alternatives

By David McCormack | 15 December 2013

Fans of the country’s most popular light bulbs – the traditional 40 and 60-watt incandescent bulbs – are being encouraging to start stocking up as on January 1 it will become illegal for American businesses to either manufacture or import the old-style bulbs.

[Where did we get the impression a year or so ago that this edict had been rescinded? I seem to recall that very strongly. Maybe it was just delayed, like everything else, until after the 2012 elections.

Possible alternatives to the old-style bulbs are halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL), LED bulbs and high efficiency incandescent – all are more energy efficient, but also more expensive.

‘Get them while you still can,’ Home Depot, the nation’s largest bulb retailer, is urging on its website. ‘Stock up on incandescent light bulbs before they are completely discontinued.’

The move is the result of a 2007 bill, signed by President George W. Bush, that set strict minimum efficiency standards.

This ban was tacked onto something that Bush desperately wanted passed. But Bush never wanted this. But he doesn’t have a line item veto.

Many old light bulbs were grossly inefficient with only 10 percent of the energy used converted into light, while the rest was wasted as heat, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The alternatives may be significantly more cost efficient in the long run, but that hasn’t stopped many Tea Party conservatives and Libertarians from voicing their unhappiness at the government trying to tell people which light bulbs they can use.

Why aren’t those idiots happy to be told how to live, it if will be more cost efficient? It’s government’s role to make sure we live as cost efficient as possible.

These critics argue that if the new bulbs really are so good, people will buy them on their own without being forced to do so.

How quaint. Of course this was the thinking before we learned we could even be forced to buy health insurance.

The Republican-controlled House has already tried and failed to overturn the law…

But, as usual, they failed and soon gave up.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, December 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Incandescent Light Bulbs To Be Banned Jan 1”

  1. mr_bill

    Anybody interested in a business opportunity? I’m willing to go in on this one.

    Many old light bulbs were grossly inefficient with only 10 percent of the energy used converted into light, while the rest was wasted as heat, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    I bet it’s possible to import ‘heat globes’: a device which emits mostly heat, but also some light. 40w 60w 75w 100w 150w etc. They look a heck of a lot like incandescent light bulbs, but are distinguished from incandescent bulbs by their packaging designating them as ‘heat globes’. Packaging will also note that they fit perfectly in sockets designed for light bulbs.

  2. I respond as God intended to warm yellow light spectrum

    Not cool white. That’s for alien species with a cool blue/white Sun

  3. merkelerk

    “If you like your light bulbs, you will be able to keep your light bulbs, period” B H Obama circa 2012




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