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Don´t Tread on My Light Bulbs
National Review, by Robert Bryce

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Posted By:Judy W., 12/21/2013 6:42:52 AM

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 — one of the most pork-filled bits of federal energy legislation ever passed by Congress — continues to haunt us. That legislation, signed into law by George W. Bush, forced more ethanol into our motor-fuel supply. And come New Year’s Day, it will effectively eliminate a type of light bulb — the standard 40- and 60-watt incandescent — that consumers have been using since the days of Thomas Edison. (The January 1 ban on 40- and 60-watt bulbs follows the phase-out of the 75- and 100-watt incandescent bulbs that took effect at the


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bazi, 12/21/2013 7:21:44 AM     (No. 9662668)

In a few short years, they will be wondering why there is a dramatic increase of mercury in our water supply and landfills: The fish are dying! Why? WHY?!

We have a nice stash of ILBs to get us through till we can afford the transition to the new generation of LEDs. So far,at our house,they work really well as kitchen cabinet undermount lights and o
f course, Merry Christmas lights.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: franq, 12/21/2013 7:24:13 AM     (No. 9662671)

Hard and fast rule - beware any piece of legislation that has the word "security" or "protection" in it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 12/21/2013 7:28:48 AM     (No. 9662676)

The cold grey light of dawn will now the cold grey light every time a CF light bulb is energized.

Our finely-attuned hunter-gatherer ears can tell the difference between analog/vacuum tube sound waves (emphasis on waves) and bursts of bits and bytes in digital form.

Similarly, our eyes detect the flickering of flourescent lights and eventually our brains´ fatigue at coping with the on/off pattern causes headaches etc. Newer technology is supposed to overcome this cycling but I´m not sold.

Besides, a steady glow from a filament is cheery, has certain light ´overtones´ in the spectrum (which is why they started using a blue tint) and is a more natural replication of the sun, which was the original point.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: planetgeo, 12/21/2013 7:41:37 AM     (No. 9662697)

The only thing worth doing with their squiggly bulbs is screwing it up their origice where the sun don´t shine.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Philly_Patriot, 12/21/2013 7:55:06 AM     (No. 9662718)

As one of the 10s or 100s of thousands of Americans who get severe headaches and nausea from flickering lights ......... all I can do is stock up on light bulbs.

One of the Head Trauma Medical groups warned the Congress about this ........ but to no avail.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: walcb, 12/21/2013 8:08:31 AM     (No. 9662741)

The low energy bulbs aren´t as comparatively efficient as believed. The heat generated by incan bulbs offset heat not needed from your heating system--at least in the winter. For the warmer climates they make more sense.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Gordon Mills, 12/21/2013 8:31:03 AM     (No. 9662774)

Check out rough service incandescent bulbs.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: WAN2, 12/21/2013 9:03:40 AM     (No. 9662826)

;And this wouldn´t be a vote-getter? Elect me and get your 100 Watt light bulbs back!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Seething Citizen, 12/21/2013 9:06:35 AM     (No. 9662833)

While completely ignoring their sworn functions, our impotent Congress interferes with our personal lives daily. CFL bulbs are crap and hazardous. I´ve been stockpiling real light bulbs for a few years.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mc squared, 12/21/2013 9:14:19 AM     (No. 9662856)

The cost savings for LEDs and CFLs are imaginary in the long run. Power producers know what their revenue must be in 5 - 10 years to cover growth. If we all switched to low energy bulbs tomorrow, do you think that revenue wouldn´t come from rising rates?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: franq, 12/21/2013 2:49:27 PM     (No. 9663452)

Right, like that dimbulb (pun intended) congressman who wanted to raise the gas tax because people are driving more fuel-efficient cars. It never ends.

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