Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Bootleg Lightbulbs Coming to California (Starting Jan. 1, Incandescents cannot be bought .. legally)
American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2010 | Luminus Maximus

Posted on 12/27/2010 12:01:30 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Here's a new poll question: Should California be 1) given back to the Spanish missionaries, or 2) just allowed to go dark? 

For most of us, the first option -- give it back to the Spanish Jesuits -- is most appealing.  After all, if the EU is ready to bail out Spain, why not tack on its erstwhile colony and pick up that tab, too?

However, Californians unwilling to wait for the results of our poll question have already decided: apagar la luz.  Old reliable, the 100-watt light bulb -- safe, cheap, and bright enough to read, write, cook, shave, and put on your makeup by, will be gone January 1.

The California Energy Commission in September 2010 published its 226-page Appliance Efficiency Regulations, whereby the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will be outlawed at midnight on December 31, 2010.

Californians with self-imposed rationing, running out of both energy and common sense, have declared that consuming electrical power is a social vice.  Electric power must be curbed, along with banning Dr. Pepper and Happy Meals.  And it's not just light bulbs.  These appliance standards will regulate and ban hundreds of products  including

refrigerators, air conditioners, space heaters, water heaters, pool heaters, pool pumps, electric spas, pool pump motors, plumbing fittings, plumbing fixtures, showerheads, spray valves, faucets, tub spout diverters, water closets, urinals, ceiling fans, ceiling fan light kits, dehumidifiers, fluorescent lamp ballasts, lamps, general purpose lighting, emergency lighting, exit signs, traffic signal modules, traffic signal lamps, luminaires, torchieres, portable lighting fixtures, metal halide luminaires, high intensity discharge fixtures, HID fixtures, under-cabinet luminaires, dishwashers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, cooking products, food service equipment, electric motors, low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers, external AC to DC and AC to AC power supplies, consumer electronics, consumer audio and video equipment, televisions, compact audio products, digital versatile disc players, digital versatile disc recorders, digital television adapters, battery charger systems[.]

Of course, California's green variety replacing the power-guzzlers will carry a purchase price premium, a performance downgrade, or a nasty surprise -- maybe all three.  One of the 100-watt incandescent light bulb substitutes will be the 72-watt halogen -- a modest energy improvement, to be sure, but an improvement demanding a 200% price premium...if you can find any.  The 23-watt CFL, the darling of the environmentalists, is a bit cheaper than the halogen, and you get a prize in every bulb.  Consider that with a Happy Meal you get a toy; with a CFL, you get 3mg of mercury.  Please, sir, may I have another?

Imagine 100-watt incandescent light bulbs as contraband in California -- persona non gratis -- but illegal immigrants get free tuition -- amigo de bienvenida.

How can California stop the dreaded 100-watt light bulbs from invading their green paradise?  Simple: reprise Broderick Crawford as Chief Dan Matthews on the TV classic "Highway Patrol."  Maybe his fleet of '56 Buicks could set up roadblocks along every interstate highway stretching from Oregon to Arizona.

Smuggling bootleg light bulbs into California would be a piece of cake.  Just stuff them inside bales of marijuana.  Or line up eight packs in the cargo bays of Greyhound buses carrying illegals on the express lane from Tijuana to any of two dozen sanctuary cities.  Hey, wave 'em on in, there's nothing to check there!  Ten-four!

Well, what to expect from a state having the highest taxes in the nation, one of the highest net population outflows (rivaled only by New York and New Jersey), the highest electricity rates (except for new England)?  What to expect from a state whose citizenry re-elected Barbara Boxer to the U.S. Senate?  What to expect from a state where protecting three-inch bait fish -- Delta smelts -- is more important than tomatoes, cantaloupes, and jobs?

And on top of the light bulb ban and more job-killing regulations, California will herald its own cap-and-trade initiative -- driving up electricity rates even higher, driving up the exodus of more taxpayers, driving up costs for the poor and impoverished, and motivating little else except to expedite bankruptcy discussions.

It was John B.L. Soule from Terra Haute Indiana in the 1850s who first coined the phrase "Go west, young man!"  Today, you'd be best to keep going...across the South Pacific...at least to New Zealand, where the light bulb ban created such a firestorm that it ushered in a new government that reversed the ban in 2008.

Here's an excerpt from a dialog in the New Zealand Parliament in December of 2008 that you'll never hear in the California Assembly:

12. AARON GILMORE (National) to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Will the Government be moving to ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs?

Hon GERRY BROWNLEE (Minister of Energy and Resources): I am delighted to inform the House that I have issued firm instructions to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority to stop its plans to ban the  sale of incandescent light bulbs. This Government, in stark contrast to the  previous Government and the previous Minister of Energy, David Parker, rejects the idea that the Government knows best and must constantly meddle in the lives of New Zealanders. If people wish to buy incandescent light bulbs, then this Government will not stop them from doing so.

Aaron Gilmore: Why is the Government not going to ban incandescent light bulbs?

Hon GERRY BROWNLEE: There are a number of excellent reasons why we have not moved to ban those light bulbs. The first is that this Government believes that choice not compulsion, and the ability for individuals to make their own decisions about what sorts of lives they want to lead and what contribution they want to make to climate change, is far better than nanny State telling them what to do.

At least one country has finally got it right. Gerry Brownlee, New Zealand's level-headed Minister of Energy, shouldn't plan on getting a Christmas card anytime soon from the California Energy Commission.

Until Jerry Brown turns into Gerry Brownlee, the only 100-watt incandescent light bulbs for sale in California will be found in the trunk of a Cadillac in the shadows of another abandoned factory and vacant office building.

But hey, why get worked up?  It's only light bulbs!

Luminus Maximus is a longtime lighting industry observer.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; federalism; globalwarmingscare; incandescentbulbs; lightbulbs; nannystate; thegreenmenace
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-90 next last

1 posted on 12/27/2010 12:01:33 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I’m still trying to find the bootlegged smokes.


2 posted on 12/27/2010 12:02:59 PM PST by edcoil ("The only winning move is not to play")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Just remarket the old light bulbs and personal heating devices. And put a warning on them that says DO NOT USE AS A LIGHT SOURCE.

That should help you get around the laws :-)


3 posted on 12/27/2010 12:04:09 PM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: for-q-clinton

should have said...

Just remarket the old light bulbs as personal heating devices.


4 posted on 12/27/2010 12:04:55 PM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Will neighbors be reporting each other if they spot a regular old lightbulb at someone’s home?


5 posted on 12/27/2010 12:06:06 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Yet more reasons why we left California on 12/1/10!


6 posted on 12/27/2010 12:06:28 PM PST by JRios1968 (This is me, in a nutshell: "Let me out of here...I'm trapped in a nutshell!!!!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The Left is salivating at the idea of arresting those who attempt to purchase regular bulbs.


7 posted on 12/27/2010 12:07:32 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

But you CAN buy marijuana.


8 posted on 12/27/2010 12:08:20 PM PST by RangerM (A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel. - Robert Frost.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I think we’re living in a bad science fiction novel.


9 posted on 12/27/2010 12:09:10 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ReneeLynn

RE: Will neighbors be reporting each other if they spot a regular old lightbulb at someone’s home?

I believe only SELLING incandescent bulbs will be illegal, not using existing ones.


10 posted on 12/27/2010 12:09:46 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Gene Eric

And at the same time, the Left will quickly excuse “one of their own” for having them, “because they need them” for some reason or another.

Example: Leftist greenies like Algore flying around on a private jet.


11 posted on 12/27/2010 12:09:57 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

CFC bulbs don’t work with dimmers and many photo sensors. I suppose there will be no need to sell those either.


12 posted on 12/27/2010 12:11:29 PM PST by umgud
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

So, they could buy from out of state?


13 posted on 12/27/2010 12:11:38 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Californians with self-imposed rationing, running out of both energy and common sense, have declared that consuming electrical power is a social vice.

Love it! The slippery-sloped, nanny-statist buzz-phrase moving onto other categories.

When will the masses wake up?

Nanny is long overdue to 'jump the shark'

14 posted on 12/27/2010 12:11:57 PM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: umgud

Put a CFC in a ceiling fan light and the strobe effect will make you fall down.


15 posted on 12/27/2010 12:12:21 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind; enough_idiocy; meyer; Normandy; Whenifhow; TenthAmendmentChampion; Clive; scripter; ...
The Granola State, full of fruits, flakes and nuts.

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

16 posted on 12/27/2010 12:14:59 PM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis ?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RangerM

Stoned is good.

1. Easy to steal from
2. Generally, you’re not spoiling for a revolution

Cons:

1. Hungry all the time (More bread needed)
2. The stoned get fatter (More government health care needed)

I’m suprised they aren’t putting THC in Honeycombs at this point.

How fortunate - the stupidity of the governed - for those who govern.


17 posted on 12/27/2010 12:15:34 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I just picked up 14 halogen 60 watt (lower power), 1280 Lumen (extremely bright), P38 (for can-lighting downward flood lights), 4,000 hour bulbs for $10 each.

They will pay for themselves with reduced energy usage within about a year compared to the 100 Watters they replaced. The 100 watters were not bright enough to read by. Now, my front room is bright and cheap (over time.)

Just say “No” to the ALGore bulbs. They suck. They take too long to warm up, they buzz, and they cast a horrid color.

I love halogen!


18 posted on 12/27/2010 12:17:12 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Unbelievable.


19 posted on 12/27/2010 12:18:58 PM PST by Brilliant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncle Miltie

What is a watters?


20 posted on 12/27/2010 12:21:16 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Uncle Miltie

Wait til your super bulbs burn out a lot faster than you expect. Al Gore’s mercury filled poison bulbs claim a 7 year life. They are lucky if they last a year.


21 posted on 12/27/2010 12:21:23 PM PST by Frantzie (American TV = owned by the Saudis and elites - keep watching & losing your freedom)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Who uses 100W bulbs anyway? They are too hot, and burn out frequently. I use mostly 60W bulbs, and where I can get away with it 40W bulbs. I think the ban on 100W bulbs may be inconsequential; unless it is a pathway towards targeting their dear 60W relative.

First they came for my 100W, and I said nothing.

[Does bad taste get oneself banned from FR?]


22 posted on 12/27/2010 12:22:22 PM PST by drb9
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: drb9

The way the laws are set up,
the 100W bulb is only the first to be “phased out”.

The 75’s, 60’s, and 40’s are to follow in subsequent years.

So, if you’re “stocking up” against the ban,
buy the bigger bulbs first, as they will be the first to be outlawed.


23 posted on 12/27/2010 12:23:45 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Who will buy these pricier light bulbs for the poor people and those on public aid?


24 posted on 12/27/2010 12:24:12 PM PST by NEMDF
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JRios1968
Yet more reasons why we left California on 12/1/10!

Note that the Energy Independence And Security Act, signed into law by George W. Bush, will prohibit the sale of all incandescent bulbs of any wattage by 2014 throughout the US. Moving out of California just bought you three years, no more. Environmental insanity is a global phenomenon, it's not restricted to California.
25 posted on 12/27/2010 12:26:50 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: MrB

I’m assuming incandescents would have nearly unlimited storage life if kept in a dry location? I found some in the basement of my parents home that had to be from the 1950s, the paper sleeve was crumbling but the bulbs illuminated fine.


26 posted on 12/27/2010 12:27:59 PM PST by nascarnation
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
banning Dr. Pepper

Pop is illegal
Pot is legal

bizzaro world
27 posted on 12/27/2010 12:28:06 PM PST by stylin19a
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MrB

Save the Filament!


28 posted on 12/27/2010 12:29:14 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: RinaseaofDs

Maybe they’ll have lightbulb turf wars, now that marijuana is effectively legal?


29 posted on 12/27/2010 12:30:18 PM PST by RangerM (A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel. - Robert Frost.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

30 posted on 12/27/2010 12:30:23 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing to something right.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: umgud

Actually, there are CFL bulbs that work with dimmers. I have one. It’s dimmed by an X-10 module.

But they cost more than a regular CFL


31 posted on 12/27/2010 12:30:55 PM PST by AFreeBird
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

All this envirowacko stuff based on even more government provided lies:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/07/BAOF1FDMRV.DTL#ixzz11iqEfuN9


32 posted on 12/27/2010 12:32:10 PM PST by edcoil ("The only winning move is not to play")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: drb9
Does bad taste get oneself banned from FR?

There's a few of us who would have been banned a few hundred times over if that were the case...

PS: Thank you, Mods and JimRob for having a sense of humor!

33 posted on 12/27/2010 12:32:24 PM PST by JRios1968 (This is me, in a nutshell: "Let me out of here...I'm trapped in a nutshell!!!!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: ReneeLynn

Green Police
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq58zS4_jvM


34 posted on 12/27/2010 12:32:55 PM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: drb9

“unless it is a pathway towards targeting their dear 60W relative.”

We have a winner!


35 posted on 12/27/2010 12:35:41 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rush speaks! I hear, I obey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

We’ve been stocking up for months.


36 posted on 12/27/2010 12:35:51 PM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AFreeBird

I tried one once. Really expensive and only lasted 2 months.


37 posted on 12/27/2010 12:37:24 PM PST by republicangel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: JRios1968

titter


38 posted on 12/27/2010 12:37:28 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

I probably have stocked up enough for my lifetime.
I guess I’ll have to make a provision in my will...


39 posted on 12/27/2010 12:38:09 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: AFreeBird

My mistake, I was thinking about 3-way bulbs. It really didn’t work very well.


40 posted on 12/27/2010 12:39:10 PM PST by republicangel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Uncle Miltie

A 4000 hour light will only last a little over a year if used 10 hours a day. I am fairly sure my lights are on this much 6 months of the year.


41 posted on 12/27/2010 12:40:14 PM PST by runninglips (Don't support the Republican party, work to "fundamentally change" it...conservative would be nice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The stores now sell 95-watt incandescent light bulbs.


42 posted on 12/27/2010 12:40:21 PM PST by TheDon (The Democrat Party, the party of the KKK (tm))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MrB
Put a CFC in a ceiling fan light and the strobe effect will make you fall down.

We've had CFCs in our ceiling fans for years and never fell down.

43 posted on 12/27/2010 12:41:17 PM PST by SeeSac
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: for-q-clinton
Where am I to get replacement incandescent bulbs for my child's Easy Bake oven? I don't imagine fluorescent bulbs would work.
44 posted on 12/27/2010 12:41:27 PM PST by sportutegrl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SeeSac

You don’t get an obvious strobe effect when the fan is on with a CFC?


45 posted on 12/27/2010 12:43:17 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: Uncle Miltie

My Analysis for:
Cost for 6,000 Hours of Bright Light (>1,000 Lumens)

Type Bulb
Method Tungsten
Lumens 1,700
Hours 6,000
Watts 150
W/H 900,000
KW/H 900
Cost / KW/H $0.09
Electricity $81.00
Hours / Bulb 5,000
Bulbs / 6K Hours 1.2
Cost / Bulb $1.49
Total Bulb Costs $1.79
6000 Hour Cost $82.79

Type Reflector
Method Halogen
Lumens 1,310
Hours 6,000
Watts 90
W/H 540,000
KW/H 540
Cost / KW/H $0.09
Electricity $48.60
Hours / Bulb 6,000
Bulbs / 6K Hours 1.0
Cost / Bulb $8.40
Total Bulb Costs $8.40
6000 Hour Cost $57.00

Type Reflector
Method Halogen
Lumens 1,280
Hours 6,000
Watts 60
W/H 360,000
KW/H 360
Cost / KW/H $0.09
Electricity $32.40
Hours / Bulb 4,000
Bulbs / 6K Hours 1.5
Cost / Bulb $10.00
Total Bulb Costs $15.00
6000 Hour Cost $47.40


46 posted on 12/27/2010 12:48:52 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Frantzie

Based on the analysis above, I can afford for my halogens to die three times faster than rated, and still come out cash ahead.


47 posted on 12/27/2010 12:50:17 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: ReneeLynn

“Will neighbors be reporting each other if they spot a regular old lightbulb at someone’s home?”

why yes, of course...that’s the next logical step for the green police....neighbors turning in neighbors...children turning in parents.


48 posted on 12/27/2010 12:52:50 PM PST by STONEWALLS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

GE makes these great full spectrum incandescent light bulbs called “Reveal”. I will be stocking up on them and the regular incandescent bulbs

I cannot and will not read under fluorescent light. Though I have no problem with the normal 48” fluorescents in my kitchen and garage.


49 posted on 12/27/2010 12:53:19 PM PST by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confucius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sportutegrl

There will be bootleg bulbs available.
Just like the low tax cigarettes that are sold out of car trunks nationwide, LOL


50 posted on 12/27/2010 12:54:22 PM PST by nascarnation
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-90 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson