Skip to comments.Coble (R-NC) seeks repeal of light bulb standard
Posted on 01/12/2011 5:34:05 AM PST by Libloather
Coble seeks repeal of light bulb standard
By Mark Binker
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (Updated 8:06 am)
GREENSBORO U.S. Rep. Howard Coble is among those urging colleagues in Congress to turn off the lights on a controversial provision of the 2007 energy bill.
The Greensboro Republican is a co-sponsor of a bill to repeal what some refer to erroneously as the incandescent bulb ban. Texas Reps. Joe Barton and Michael Burgess and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, all Republicans, were the original sponsors of the repeal measure.
The legislation is a long way from passing, but it is in keeping with Republican pledges to roll back laws they see as interfering with personal freedoms.
It seems to me the Congress and the government is inserting its oars in waters where it doesnt need to go, Coble said Tuesday, adding that people ought to choose which kind of light bulb they want to use for themselves.
This ought to be a personal decision rather than being an edict from on high.
(Excerpt) Read more at news-record.com ...
Not that I was planning on listening to the Nanny State Government ANYWAY (if need be, I’ll stockpile a room full of light bulbs rather than submit to this Fascist edict that I use those dreadful mercury-laden twirly things to see by).
Have they outlawed candles yet?
You can get incandescent light bulbs rated for 25,000 hours that are used by the hospitality industry. If you use them for an average of 7 hours a day theyll burn out in just a little under 10 years and cost about a buck or less per bulb depending on how many you buy.
Once you stock up all youll have to do is watch out for the light bulb police wholl be monitoring everyone who might be using those unauthorized, evil incandescents!
They DAMNED WELL BETTER rescind the mosat stupid of bills ever passed!! If they don’t do it, then there ISN:T a dime’s worth of difference!
But wasn’t Coble the original sponsor of the bill to force the change?...and then he had a change of heart?
If what it is doing is banning incandescent bulbs, then guess what, it is a ban!
Stupid state-run media.
I’m right there with you. This ban is ridiculous; those stupid pig-tail bulbs don’t even fit in my ceiling fixtures.
I’ve been stocking up on the old fashioned bulbs for a year now....I guess if they repeal it (which I hope they do), the gubbmit will rob me of another investment for my future!
Need a picture of a lightbulb (incandescent, of course) over Coble’s head.
Don’t forget the bill that limited the amount of water a toilet could use during flushing.
That one came up for repeal a couple of years ago and the RINOs ran scared.
We’ll be watching what these clowns do closely; but I don’t think they quite understand this, yet.
This is a great idea, stop these mercury bombs.
Pray for America
I’ve been stockpiling 100W.
They aren’t expensive, and who knows, they may end up being worth more than gold, if I decide to sell them off in CA!
No, actually, I spent Christmas in a house with all the new twirly bulbs, and came out determined to not submit. I hate the things.
Many pundits have noted the wiggle room between a stated ban and an unstated but de facto ban, one which Obama particularly exploits quite often ("there is nothing in this bill that will prevent Americans from keeping their current doctors and current health care plans...").
In this case, the reference is "erroneous" only because it is impossible to make an incandescent light bulb that meets the new "energy efficiency standards", which were certainly created specifically for that purpose:
The 2007 bill sets energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. It doesnt specifically ban incandescent bulbs, but it would phase out the cheap, 50 cents-a-piece, single-filament model based on Thomas Edisons century-old design.
> Another new idea.
> Compact fluorescent light bulb to blame for Hornell fire (”blew up like a bomb”)
I had something similar about 2-1/2 years ago. I bought a 3 way CF bulb (3 light levels) and it had been in use for the entire 2.5 years when it exploded with smoke and a noise like a gunshot and sprayed some nasty fluid onto the lampshade. I had to clean the mess up and then replace the lampshade. I have no idea what the foul smelling liquid was.
Good, get government out of my bedroom! . . . and the rest of my house too!
Dang! I just filled my two car garage with incandescents and planned on making a killing on eBay! dang dang dang!
Strong statements require strong evidence, back to you.
Then Binker says:
Rather than ban possession or use of any one bulb, it prohibits retailers from selling the less energy-efficient models
Oh, I see! "Prohibits from selling" isn't the same as "ban possession." Nice try, Binker. End result? Exactly the same. "Prohibits" just takes a bit longer.
The one thing RINOs do very well!
We’ve had a few bigger mercury/flourescent bulbs literally explode at work. Luckily, no one was near them at the time.
Even if this repeal goes through, looks like I have a near lifetime supply of incandescents sitting on my shelves...
What’s wrong with you?!!!!
Don’t you [libwhine]”CARE ABOUT THE ERF!!!????”[/libwhine]
Looks like he voted for the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. He is not on the cosponsors list.
I stocked up enough just for myself, plus a few more to sell at exhorbitant prices to my libinlaws.
Way to go! When it comes to libs charge what the market will bear! That’s what the Gubbermint unions do.
I use a few compact fluorescents for outside night time illumination. None are allowed inside
Thanks for the tip! I never knew about the durable bulbs. I’ve used “severe duty” bulbs in my droplight for years and they are a huge plus when working in dark areas.
Thomas Edison`s Body Disinterred by Federal Bulbous Police
Looking for Clandestine Electrical Candles
10-year bulbs last longer because they run cooler. This means they are dimmer and ‘warmer’ in color. A 100-W one produces about 1030 lumens. A regular 100-W bulb produces about 1750 lumens.
This means that a 100-W 10-year bulb, at 1030 lumens, is giving out less light than a 75-W regular bulb, at about 1100 lumens.
While they’re at it, how about a repeal of the low-flow, multi-flush, water-wasting, makes-the-bowl-filthier-and-hard-to-clean-toilet too.
Thanks for posting that hospitality industry URL. Maybe I’ll stock up on some of those...
Have there been any legal challenges to this idiocy before this? If not, I’m kind of surprised. I did stock up on incandescent bulbs, but I think I’m about half-way through my stock. Must. Get. More. Working under fluorescents gives me a headache.
Article stunk, though, I could have done without the editiorializing from the fool who wrote it.
Me too. They don't eat or drink anything, though. I'll still be able to use them. :-)
Bought one, already, to replace a bulb in a really hard-to-get-at fixture at Mom and Dad's place. Was worth the expense, so that I didn't come over there to find Dad teetering on one foot at the top of a 10-foot-ladder, balanced on a phone book, resting on a chair, etc etc etc to replace the bulb. "I just don't like to bother you.", he said, like falling and breaking his neck wouldn't be a bother, too.
But, I digress. At $40 or so a pop, I'm not buying them anytime soon for every other fixture in the house.
I see your point. We have a ceiling light over our inside staircase, and it's a real pain to get to. I don't have a tall ladder, and I'm scared of heights, so I moved a floor lamp to one corner of the landing.
When we're out of here (hopefully by the end of this year), the landlady can worry about how to replace that bulb.
Yep, that'd be the one that I replaced for Mom and Dad. No idea why builders put it there, it's even a stretch for me with a 16' ladder. Especially when moving the fixture a few feet closer to the top of the stair would make for easier replacement, and not change the lighting at all.
I prefer your solution: "Get a floor lamp. Let the landlady worry about it." :-)
The air conditioner filter is in the ceiling at the top of the stairs... and while it's not over the stairway itself, it's still close enough to give me the willies were I to change the filter myself. My significant other does that chore, and watching him still gives me the willies.
It'd be nicer if builders could put such things where they're easier to get to. I'm taller than my guy, and it's still a stretch for me.