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Confessions of a Light Bulb Addict
Pajamas Media ^ | 11-27-11 | Claudia Rosett

Posted on 11/27/2011 4:00:30 PM PST by radioone

Please don’t think this is easy for me. I’m one of those crazed Americans who can’t walk into Home Depot, Target or my local grocery store right now without wanting to grab one of those king-sized shopping carts and stuff it to the gunwales with 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.

Maybe it’s the sheer thrill of buying bulbs that in just over a month, as of Jan. 1, 2012, will be banned for sale in America. What fun, in this incandescent twilight, to acquire legally what the federal government will soon treat as contraband, should it appear in any American marketplace. Or maybe it’s that gut sense that with the dollar teetering toward an abyss of unfathomable and inflationary government spending, those beloved old 100 watt bulbs will at least provide a decent store of value, even if all I do is use them to read by for the rest of my life — meticulously taking care never to violate federal law by offering even a single bulb for sale to some fellow citizen willing to pay for it.

Or, just possibly, this urge to stockpile incandescents is the product of simmering outrage. For decades, I have written about America as the world’s beacon of freedom, which it has been. Yet here we are, wards of the nanny state, with politicians dictating that even that prime symbol of American ingenuity, Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb, shall be regulated into oblivion.

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1 posted on 11/27/2011 4:00:31 PM PST by radioone
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To: radioone

Its not the only ban either. Its ridiculous. What about the millions of people who will be forced to get a prescription for those asthma inhalers now?


2 posted on 11/27/2011 4:04:01 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: radioone

Well, guess what. You are likely to be diagnosed with Seasonal Affectation Disorder (millions of Americans are afflicted by it, particularly in the short-day states) aka SAD, and your physician can prescribe incandescent lights to keep your spirits up.

You have no shortage of incandescent bulbs in your future.


3 posted on 11/27/2011 4:04:54 PM PST by txhurl
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To: radioone; lilyramone; crusadersoldier; Ellzeena; Anvilhead; stonehouse01; Goreknowshowtocheat; ...
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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.


4 posted on 11/27/2011 4:06:51 PM PST by narses (what you bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and what you loose upon earth, shall be ..)
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To: txhurl
Maybe the only Good News out of this is General Electric might have to pay taxes next year!!!!!!! /sarc
5 posted on 11/27/2011 4:12:46 PM PST by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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To: radioone

I’m quite serious. The greensheviks are going to lose their ass here, if they want to take it there.


6 posted on 11/27/2011 4:20:28 PM PST by txhurl
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To: radioone

I need to stock up on, uh, tree bulbs during the holidays. Yeah, tree bulbs. That’s it. Those big bright white ones.


7 posted on 11/27/2011 4:22:34 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: txhurl

For now it only bans the 100 watt bulbs and then phases the others out over the next several years.

And while you cannot buy a 100 watt incandescent bulb after 1.1.2012 it will not be until 1.1.2013 when Federal Agents kick in your front door without a warrant and search your home for contraband light bulbs.


8 posted on 11/27/2011 4:29:17 PM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: trumandogz

Not if you have been diagnosed with SAD. You can then own any format of incandescent bulb you need all over your house.


9 posted on 11/27/2011 4:33:09 PM PST by txhurl
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To: radioone

When your great great grandfather died, did he have a closet full of buggy whips?


10 posted on 11/27/2011 4:33:50 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Buggy whips were never ILLEGAL.


11 posted on 11/27/2011 4:41:45 PM PST by smallelmike (Got gold?)
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To: txhurl

The problem with your theory is that light therapy involves types of fluorescent light, not incandescent light. There are no makes of full spectrum incandescent bulbs, and more advanced therapeutic options, are also fluorescent.


12 posted on 11/27/2011 4:42:54 PM PST by Melas (u)
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To: txhurl

“Not if you have been diagnosed with SAD {sic}. You can then own any format of incandescent bulb you need all over your house.”

I’m not all that sure why people with SSAD want incandescent bulbs all over their house and I really don’t want to know, but I don’t think they should have privileges simply because of their SSAD.


13 posted on 11/27/2011 4:46:40 PM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Only a socialist democrat, or an environmental wacko would feel good about buying light bulbs that cost 500% more and do the same things as the original item.


14 posted on 11/27/2011 4:47:06 PM PST by o2bfree
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To: txhurl

Here: To disavow you of the notion that incandescent lights are the solution to SAD.

http://www.alaskanorthernlights.com/


15 posted on 11/27/2011 4:47:40 PM PST by Melas (u)
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To: radioone

16 posted on 11/27/2011 4:47:56 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
When your great great grandfather died, did he have a closet full of buggy whips?

There was no need to outlaw buggy whips to make them obsolete. If anything is likely to go obsolete, it would be florescnts themselves, replaced by LEDs. BTW, my sister-in-law has a condition that makes her sensitive to florescents, giving her severe headaches.
17 posted on 11/27/2011 4:48:22 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: trumandogz

Seasonal Affect Disorder, dude. Completely different from SSAD.


18 posted on 11/27/2011 4:50:22 PM PST by Melas (u)
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To: radioone

So, will there be light bulb subsidies for the poor who cannot afford to replace the inexpensive bulb in the socket with a $7.00 green squirrelly tube?


19 posted on 11/27/2011 4:51:30 PM PST by IrishPennant (We don't want to work so we go to work to make enough money not to work...Huh?)
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To: Melas

Well, I’m sorry, but I’m one of about ten million who legally use incandescent bulbs to keep my wellhouse above freezing. Heaters are a fire threat, they burn up wellhouses reguarly.

My lights fail, my pipes freeze and my well pumps water for two other households than me. One is on oxygen.


20 posted on 11/27/2011 4:51:48 PM PST by txhurl
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To: radioone

The Euro-peons banned incandescent bulbs some time ago and the USA just followed right along. Thanks, Pres. Bush.

The Euro-peon-ization of America rages on!


21 posted on 11/27/2011 4:59:30 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Dr. Sivana

And ESL bulbs will make LEDS bulbs obsolete.
http://www.vu1corporation.com/
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-11-02/vu1-to-sell-mercury-free-light-bulbs-in-lowe-s-stores-ceo-says.html


22 posted on 11/27/2011 5:02:21 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: trumandogz

Yes this is a stupid law, and government (Bush of all people?) overstepped wildly with this.

It’s petty and stupid.

We need to start sending congress home for months at a time.

We have enough laws. We do not need any more.

Not even one.


23 posted on 11/27/2011 5:04:25 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("Galts Gulch" <> Communist China)
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To: txhurl

I never said that incandescent lights didn’t have a purpose. I was just saying that you were wrong with your whole thought process about using them to treat SAD.


24 posted on 11/27/2011 5:05:34 PM PST by Melas (u)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

What’s ESL?

I already have a couple LED bulbs, not actually using any incendescent anymore (by choice, go away government)

Never heard of ESL other than a language class. What’s an ESL bulb?


25 posted on 11/27/2011 5:06:18 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("Galts Gulch" <> Communist China)
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To: trumandogz

Scratch that, you meant Subsyndrome Seasonal Affective Disorder. I’m not too quick this evening.


26 posted on 11/27/2011 5:07:38 PM PST by Melas (u)
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To: Melas

That was just my first volley from ‘04 or so.

Now we have the serious and widespread problem of water wells unable to pump because they froze up due to the curlies not providing the heat Americans have used forever.

Does DC really want the lawsuits when everybody has no water because 100yr old heating and de-frosting techniques to keep water running are now illegal, pipes bursting everywhere, because some Congressmen got some green ki$$ from somewhere?


27 posted on 11/27/2011 5:13:19 PM PST by txhurl
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To: o2bfree

“do the same things as the original item.”

No they don’t. They don’t turn on at the flip of a switch, they are not at full power when they first light, and they take several minutes to get to full power. ;-)

They also should not be turned off - or else they won’t last all that long as (deceptively) advertized.


28 posted on 11/27/2011 5:14:35 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: radioone

If any Freepers are in need of light bulbs, I’ll be happy to ship them some from Japan.


29 posted on 11/27/2011 5:16:23 PM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: trumandogz

“until 1.1.2013 when Federal Agents kick in your front door without a warrant and search your home for contraband light bulbs.”

Source? Is there a code telling us this will happen?

Or is this just if they “suspect you’re selling bulbs”?


30 posted on 11/27/2011 5:20:20 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Ronin

Great idea.

Except the NAZIs will probably be checking all incoming packages for “contraband”.

Better not write it in your “page”. The NAZIs will find it and shut down your page/account so we benighted Americans can’t see what you’re selling.


31 posted on 11/27/2011 5:22:19 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Melas

“Completely different from SSAD.”

Are you sure?

They seem to have very well lit homes with great furniture and lots of fabulous artwork. I could see why they would need the best lighting.


32 posted on 11/27/2011 5:24:25 PM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: txhurl

Not saying the incandescents should be banned, but this seems to be a possible replacement:

http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Repticare-Ceramic-Infrared/dp/B0002AQCPU/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_3

Not cheap, but I would think they’ll do the same job.


33 posted on 11/27/2011 5:27:44 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("Galts Gulch" <> Communist China)
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To: radioone
Liberals want teenagers to have the freedom to kill an unborn child 10 minutes before birth...

and for adults to be able to marry their dogs if 'it feels good'...

But the freedom to pick our own light bulbs? Or to chose the type of toilet we want? Or detergent for our dishwashers? That they won't allow...

something's amiss here...

34 posted on 11/27/2011 5:29:50 PM PST by GOPJ ( Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.... Will Rogers)
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To: radioone

Installed a few of the new curly bulbs in my Mom’s basement. When you turn them on they emit very little light for about the first minute making the basement look very grim. I’d call them “soviet style” lighting.


35 posted on 11/27/2011 5:30:02 PM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Electron Stimulated Light. I think it works on the same principal as a cathode ray tube in TVs. That’s why I call them TV bulbs.


36 posted on 11/27/2011 5:31:16 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: smallelmike
"buggy whips"

The Amish can tell us that much. As long as there are Amish, there will be buggy whips.

37 posted on 11/27/2011 5:32:42 PM PST by driftless2
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Not saying the incandescents should be banned,


But they were.

That’s the problem.

Throw them all out in ‘12.


38 posted on 11/27/2011 5:33:16 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Interesting.

Thanks.


39 posted on 11/27/2011 5:34:38 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("Galts Gulch" <> Communist China)
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To: radioone
Don't forget the 150 Watt bulbs. I have a good supply of both 100 Watt and 150 Watt. Not a curly bulb in the house!

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

40 posted on 11/27/2011 5:43:03 PM PST by Varmint Al
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To: radioone

The leftist aka progressive treehuggers for over 5 decades have been trying to ban the use of mercury. And now they jump on the mercury bandwagon. Just read the writing on the side of these bulbs packages. They cannot be thrown away. If you break one. Have fun cleaning it up. These leftist aka progressive treehuggers are killing the planet one moronic fix at a time.


41 posted on 11/27/2011 5:44:06 PM PST by DMG2FUN
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To: Varmint Al

Guess I’ll be heading off to buy some 100w bulbs with the Christmas money. Bummer.


42 posted on 11/27/2011 5:46:29 PM PST by txhurl
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To: bgill
I need to stock up on, uh, tree bulbs during the holidays.

Okay, my rant. We have had an artificial tree with gold mini-Christmas lights for over a decade. I loved the nice soft glow those lights gave to the tree and you could see my ornaments very clearly.

I also have been collecting Hallmark ornaments for longer than that and have some of the light/light & sound ornaments. These are mostly Star Trek ornaments. (Whenever I turned the tree lights on, Worf wishes me Ka-Pah.) Anyway, the lights were finally burning out so, last year we had to get new lights for the tree. It was at this point that we came to realize that you could no longer get the type of lights that we had on our tree; but, we had to buy much smaller bulbs that were "eco-friendly". Well, we have a lot of lights on our tree, but they are not very bright and make it hard to see the ornaments. But, the kicker was that I could no longer plug in my lighted ornaments because the ornament plug no longer fit into the light fixture. So, no more Ka-Pah from Worf, or Spock wishing me a Happy Holiday, and to Live Long and Prosper.

It may not seem like a tragedy; but, this was part of the tradition at our home, and all I want is to buy the type of lights that I have always used. If other people wanted to buy the "eco-friendly" lights, go right ahead; but, why do I have to buy something that doesn't work as well just because a few idiots have decided that no one should use what they consider to be excess energy.

My husband found somewhere where this had changed in 2001, so I really should have been aware; but, somehow missed it. Still, aggravating.

43 posted on 11/27/2011 6:16:33 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: radioone

Does anyone know if this ban includes the weather proof outdoor flood lights?
I once tried a florescent flood on our motion detector that lights up our driveway and it proved to be useless.


44 posted on 11/27/2011 6:27:51 PM PST by Tagurit (Are your pigs fed, watered and ready to fly?)
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To: Tagurit

When you or anybody gets something stolen because curlies don’t set off time-proven security systems properly, you need to file a claim.


45 posted on 11/27/2011 6:58:34 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Melas

You still with us?


46 posted on 11/27/2011 7:17:39 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl

I went to bed and plain forgot to mention RICO and Anti-trust.
The lawsuits of unintended consequences of consequences not even thought about boggle the mind.


47 posted on 11/27/2011 7:31:47 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl

What does any of this have to with SAD? I was disputing your poor medical knowledge, nothing else.

You said, “ Well, guess what. You are likely to be diagnosed with Seasonal Affectation Disorder (millions of Americans are afflicted by it, particularly in the short-day states) aka SAD, and your physician can prescribe incandescent lights to keep your spirits up.”

I corrected you, and now you’re going on about heating pumps and water wells, as though they are somehow related.


48 posted on 11/28/2011 3:37:09 AM PST by Melas (u)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

>When your great great grandfather died, did he have a closet full of buggy whips?<

Buggy whips don’t shatter nor do they contaminate the area in which they shatter with mercury.


49 posted on 11/28/2011 7:51:17 AM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Darnright

Neither do Halogen lights nor do LED’s.

I don’t agree with outlawing them either, but get with the program, they are not cheaper in any way whatsoever.


50 posted on 11/28/2011 7:56:22 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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