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Rays of hope as Britain switches to
new light bulbs and a grey autumn

Telegraph [UK], by Harry Wallop

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 10/6/2012 7:58:37 AM

Now there is a full ban, a strange, grey spell has been cast over the house - but there may be a solution. Light. Is that so much to ask for? On these autumnal evenings, as I cycle back from the office in the dark, I dream of a cosy home, glowing with rosy-cheeked children and rooms lit up with good cheer to welcome me. But no. Each day, as I turn the key in the latch, I am reminded of the curse that has been inflicted upon our family. A month after the final stage of the

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Recall that the 100-watt incandescent was phased out this year. (Supposedly.) Starting January 1, 2013, it's the turn of the 75-watt incandescents. The 40- and 60-watters go out on the first of the year in 2014. We've been so caught up in the election, we've almost forgotten about Light Bulbs!!! Read the article--the solution Wallop found is ours to embrace--quick, before Obama slips a line or two into the new law and makes the loophole illegal!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 10/6/2012 8:12:23 AM     (No. 8913745)

There are enough high wattage bulbs in our garage to last the rest of my life and then some.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 10/6/2012 8:21:54 AM     (No. 8913758)

fast Eddie Upton is responsible for this drivel still being law... How is that working with his conservative voters?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Frank Dunn, 10/6/2012 8:32:52 AM     (No. 8913776)

Sadly, the denial of consumer choice on the incandescent bulb was signed into law by George W Bush in 2007. Bush should have vetoed this Pelosi inspired madness but went along to "reach across the aisle". One should never reach into a nest of vipers just to be nice.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Frank Dunn, 10/6/2012 8:44:48 AM     (No. 8913806)

Orr, Henry Waxman is an asp.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Seething Citizen, 10/6/2012 9:26:23 AM     (No. 8913894)

I've been storing "real" lightbulbs for a few years. I voted for Bush, twice, and now sadly acknowledge he was a poor president.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: WAN2, 10/6/2012 9:31:19 AM     (No. 8913908)

Might not light bulbs be a simple, straight forward campaign issue that will work amongst us dolts out here???

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ho72, 10/6/2012 9:54:01 AM     (No. 8913952)

Those who have stocked up on the "good" bulbs for future use may want to keep a sharp eye out for the EPA and Congress. Household usage caps on electric energy have been proposed which would levy sever $$ penalties on those who dare use too many kilowatts.

So if your house is full of incandescents instead of CFLs or LEDs, you'd likely never make it to the end of the billing cycle without an overage charge. In fact, some of the cap thresholds being quietly debated are so low that even having enough hot water (assuming an electric heater) would be iffy.

Of course, individual caps may not be needed at all if Ø is able to make good on this threat: "Under my plan of cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."

Romney. Now.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: craige, 10/6/2012 10:16:16 AM     (No. 8913992)

The Green Revolution has given governments more tools of oppression. And Fools still vote oppressors into office.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: thomthomp, 10/6/2012 10:43:15 AM     (No. 8914038)

Google "rough service bulbs" and find many available, some at quite reasonable prices. Who knows for how long if Obama is reelected?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 10/6/2012 11:25:06 AM     (No. 8914129)

To #9's point, you should always buy "rough service" bulbs, as their filaments are thicker and therefore last longer.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/6/2012 11:59:21 AM     (No. 8914202)

Your electric bill has become another tool for government social control.
Who knew.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: rochow, 10/6/2012 12:12:22 PM     (No. 8914233)

How about the morons who are sitting behind zero plastered with a zombie look on their faces taking a look at this article??? Nah, they still would not wake up!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Hammock, 10/6/2012 12:36:44 PM     (No. 8914284)

Advance thanks to anyone who can explain what "lagging the loft" means.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 10/6/2012 12:55:48 PM     (No. 8914316)

@#7: More to your point, smart meter`s are capable of `dialing back` your usage should it exceed a certain threshold, (determined by your provider), easily done by power company servers programmed to `factory settings`. Expect to pay more for your provider having to dial you back for their determining you are using too much of their precious energy.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 10/6/2012 4:26:59 PM     (No. 8914640)

The Rough Service bulbs puts out only 63% the amount of light of an equivalent wattage 'normal' bulb on the average so you will ended up having to use the higher wattage bulb to get the same light output. So much for trying to cut power consumption.

At 4 to 12 times the cost, even after factoring in the additional 2-4 times the service life you are supposed to get from the Rough Service bulbs, they are more expensive any way you cut it.

$35+ LED bulbs?
Fuggheddabouttit!



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Reply 16 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 10/6/2012 4:35:10 PM     (No. 8914650)

RE #s 7&14:

Our electric company tried to put one of those smart meters on our house. We told them "hell no" in no uncertain terms. They at least gave us the option this time. I'm not so sure in the future, especially if zippy gets another term.

BTW, I also have a monstrous supply of "illegal" bulbs in my basement. Not nearly as many as I would like, but enough to last several years at least. I won't be sharing them either.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: KTWO, 10/6/2012 4:49:32 PM     (No. 8914673)

Let's reason this out. First costs. LED costs will fall. Prices won't be a factor for long.

Light quality. That will improve as newer designs are sold. The problem will go away.

LEDs or something we might never have heard of will totally replace incandescent and fluorescent. Someday.

But wasn't it Keynes who said, in the long run we are all dead? So why is government creating this misery now?

Simply because it can be done. Any opposition is fragmented. No single citizen has the clout to stop it. No LED purchase will lead to an assassination or revolution. So the government can safely order it.

It is simple, so they need not think much.

Oddly enough it won't save that much energy. But they will say and we will obey.

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