Skip to comments.How Conservatives Lost the Light Bulb (and Got it Back Again)
Posted on 02/05/2014 8:15:44 AM PST by rktman
Average American conservatives, many of them self-associated with the Tea Party movement, are dancing a little jig, this time in warm light. In the negotiated draft of the recently passed omnibus spending bill, they got their beloved incandescent lights back.
Many only realized after a Christmastime flurry of emails that the yellow bulbs were becoming illegal in 2014. In fact, the federal law which nearly made them extinct for home use has been on the books almost seven years.
(Excerpt) Read more at canadafreepress.com ...
Thanks for nothing Fred Upton...
The CFLs contain Uptonite.
Those making the heavy usage bulbs are making a killing these days but I can’t see government allowing that to continue.
funny thing about this is - someone pushed these incandescent bulb bans way back to pay off someone. And those who stood to make the most money in the rush to get (force everyone to get) “sensitive, responsible” squiggly-mercury bulbs were likely foreign manufacturers with dubious political intents. But technology being the mother of invention birthed LED bulbs that last 20+ years, use less power than all of them, and is crashing the squiggly market. As these take over, the feel-good mercury bulb pushers who brainwashed our kids into making fun of non-squiggly bulbs ala Communist Youth Leaguers - have lost out to innovators. I’ll take innovation over coercion/compliance any time.
I have more than a years supply of 60 watt incandescent light bulbs on hand. For possibly another year you will be able to buy them in some places as the inventory dwindles.
But at some point it will come home to the masses, when they cannot buy decent light bulbs for their fixtures. Especially the decorative flame bulbs for upscale light fixtures.
LED lights may be a better solution, but at this point they are not practical for many fixtures.
So. When we retake the senate we might be able to move in the direction of returning leadership in this country to the adults. If we still have any adult leadership.
I’m replacing incandescent light bulbs in my house with LED bulbs as the old ones burn out. Yes, the LED bulbs are expensive now, but wait a little while and you’ll see the price come down probably pretty fast. I bought several at Home Depot (the warm light, not the cool light) and I like them just fine.
This article doesn’t make sense. Suddenly, half-way down, we have the incandescent bulb back? Do we? How did that happen? I couldn’t make heads nor tails of it.
The LED’s ain’t cheap on the front end but when we got in our (new to us) house I replaced all the can lights that had the cfl’s with LED’s. Much brighter and supposedly will last a long time making the ROI worth it. Plus, no Hg.
” - - - Now, Upton says that if he becomes chair of the Energy Committee, he will help undo the law he was instrumental in getting passed. - - - “
Why should anyone believe Upton’s election promises?
Conservative voters vote on what a politician has done, not what is said.
The LEDs suck. The same wattage on an incadescent bulb is much brighter than an LED bulb so it takes about 2 LED bulbs to equal a regular incadescent. So here we go again. Instead of ittaking one flush to clear the toilet bowl it takes 2 or 3. Expect them to try and regulate oxygen consumption Total Recall style next.
I bet we have a 10 year supply of 60s, 100s, and some 3 ways. At least. LOL
Upton and his cronies got all the bribes there were to get, so they don't care any more.
Even though it's legal, the chances that the manufacture will come back from China or Hungary to Schenectady are zero.
What the ban means is you can’t buy light bulbs for $0.50 any longer.
I’ve got eight closet lights that collectively might be turned on for 5 minutes per month. How long is the wait for a ROI in that case?
I don’t think this makes a difference. My understanding is the factories are already closed. If the equipment is still in place, they could reopen them but if they’ve shipped it off, then this is an empty gesture. No jig dancing for me.
I hate these things.
I just bought a bunch of 75’s at walmart the other day.
The shelf was full of 10 packs.
They must have already been in the pipeline.
OK, I understand the logic in LED light bulbs. But the supply is simply not there yet.
Now, I think the real cause for this is like the nonsense about Freon. Patent had expired, companies bought the legislatures, redesigned freon, companies made more money.
This is no different. The light bulb manufacturers like GE are political scammers. The politicians are bought whores. Some of them did not realize what they were voting for, but most did.
Yeah, I’ve seen 72’s, 64’s etc...
Looking for that 98 W bulb, though.
Congress. What a foul joke.
I’m kinda waiting for them to “grant” babies an allotted amount of CO2 that can be used over their life span. Exceed it and you’re gone. Except for the “protected classes” who may purchase additional credits if “necessary”. Think a new take on “Logan’s Run”.
I thought I read someplace the “industrial” incan bulbs with a 58 watt rating were available. Some smart someone found a loophole somehow.
I lost a 100 watter yesterday. Sniff! It gave it’s life to keep my water from freezing. R.I.P. Soft White.
Oh, everyone will be able to “purchase” more carbon credits in their lifetime, but they’ll be expensive enough to accomplish the real goal of the elites maintaining their lifestyle while the “commoners” have to live in squalor.
I have almost as many bulbs as I do ammo.
I have a 100 watter under the hood of a loader to keep the block warm on these cold nights. All it takes to make the difference between go and no-go snow plowing
I have bought those Walmart bulbs also but they don't last very long at all! But hey, our city was kind enough to use our tax money to send two long lasting cfl's to every household, so I put one in a fixture and and it lasted three whole days. I guess I'm a polluter because I didn't waste gas to drive it's mercury riddled corpse to a approved recycling site.
Lowe’s had a special on the 100-watt ( pack of 24 ) couple weeks ago ,don’t remember the price . Did get a couple packs for the barn .
It alluded to some provision in a recently passed omnibus spending bill. No idea where to find it or what it says.
Didn't you just describe obamacare?
There is a similar issue with clear incandescent light bulbs. They give off much more heat than a frosted bulb. But normally those bulbs outlast the frosted bulbs by a lot. If you use clear light bulbs, use them in a well vented fixture.
GE was behind the lightbulb ban.
In fact, GE is behind most of the bad global warming science, so as to push its “green” electric turbines and windmills.
Guy in NJ, the loophole was that heavy duty or rough duty (not sure about exact language) was not impacted by the ban. He got court approval and was looking at starting up production.
In our wills..... the 60 watt bulbs shall be divided equally, per person, to the children and grandchildren who survive me... blah blah
LOL! We’ll have the “opportunity” to buy the extra credits. Only us peons won’t be able to afford them and the “protected classes” will have no problemo. Business as usual.
DOH! You caught me. LOL ;>}
I have a lifetime supply of 100 watt bulbs. I like it Bright.
I do think their would be a market for at least 100 watt incandescents. Probably not for a large corporation. In the winter I can get 6 weeks continuous use out of a bulb. To me that would be worth paying a couple of bucks per bulb which is still available but I see that supply drying up.
yet 250 Watt heat lamps are still available.
Way more than is needed in many cases, costs more to use, so it wastes far more coal-fired electricity just to make liberals feel good about themselves
Yep. Sub-zero in northern Idaho this week and I had to transition from keeping a bulb lit to keeping the heater on full time. It's cheaper than burst pipes.
When we built my well house one of my contractor's kids "helpfully" replaced the incandescent with a CFL. "They run cooler and they're more energy efficient," the little guy chirped. Dad was not amused.
Cool. That’s the guy who “discovered” the Rough-Service loophole?
The same thing happened when the 100 watt bulb was banned. Shortly thereafter, the shelves were stocked with 90 watts. Congress has way too much time on its hands - they need to be part-timers to keep them from screwing up everything in our lives.
Same here, 300 plus light bulbs bought at $1 4/pack and 50 cent/4 pack,none GE. I won’t even buy a light bulb from GE.
I love leds, I love low flow toilets, I love water heaters that won’t ignite fumes, and so on, the problem is that they are forced on us a decade or more before they are adequate to win over the market place.
Using law to force these beta products on the consumer 10, 15, even 20 years before they are ready, wastes billions of dollars, and immeasurable amounts of resources and energy and landfill space.
I’m paying $5.00 and $8.00 per bulb to buy led bulbs because I am a gadget guy, and I am willing to put out money when I have it, to manage long term costs for when I don’t have money, but neither of those applies to my upper middle class female friends, I still can’t recommend leds to them.
I detest this cycle of the left forcing good things on America before those good things are ready for prime time, so we then go through billions of dollars worth of junk and throwaways, and complaints, and a destroyed image for the whole idea or product.
I'm pretty sure it is, but it's not so much a loophole as contractual fulfillment. Certain commercial, industrial applications require them. And get this, so do some government agencies. The bastards!
The company is located here in NJ, about 70 miles north of me.
I won't have to look for awhile.....like a few decades. I find that it's much easier to read with a 100 watt light bulb than anything else, focusing that wattage on my food when I eat makes me more satisfied with less food, and the heat from them is pleasant on a cold winter day.
It does not make sense to pretend we're still a free nation when we had to stockpile enough high-wattage light bulbs to last a lifetime.
They should do what the rest of us had to. I have a garage stacked to the roof with 'em.
Too sadly true, especially since Congress Critters don't seem capable of READING them, or if so, understanding what they entail in the larger scope of things.
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