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Stocking up on light ahead of bulb phase-out (Government ban)
msnbc ^ | 8/24/2011 | staff

Posted on 08/25/2011 3:59:57 AM PDT by tobyhill

Karen DeCoster is thinking of entering the lighting business.

DeCoster, a certified public accountant from Detroit, has no experience in the field, but after hoarding 100-watt incandescent bulbs for months, she’s hoping to sell them on Craigslist for a profit.

Starting in January, the traditional 100-watt incandescent bulbs that many Americans look to when lighting their homes will become a hot commodity. New federal efficiency standards, passed as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, will make the production of these bulbs illegal then, followed by 75-, 60- and 40-watt bulbs in later years.

As the new standards gain publicity, concerned consumers, as well as members of the design community, are stocking up on the bulbs they’ve come to know and love. The new, more energy-efficient alternatives to the traditional incandescent bulbs — including halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescents known as CFLs and LED bulbs — are considered by many to cast a harsh, overly bright glow or too weak of a light. Other complaints include their expense, while some medical experts say CFLs can exasperate or trigger migraines.

“I despise fluorescents; it’s too bright of a light, too obnoxious,” DeCoster said in an interview with msnbc.com. “These edicts always come from the government. It’s an attack on civilization. It’s a condemnation on our standard of living.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 100w; envirofascism; govtabuse; incandescentbulbs; lightbulbs; tyranny

1 posted on 08/25/2011 4:00:01 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

I have a large stash that will survive my death. I should put into my will?


2 posted on 08/25/2011 4:02:34 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

I recently bought a 5-7 year supply. I didn’t buy more because I keep thinking that somebody will come to their senses.

Also, I don’t need 100w bulbs in every lamp. Next year, I’ll start the 60w stockpile.


3 posted on 08/25/2011 4:05:40 AM PDT by Marie (I agree with everything that Rick Perry is saying. I just wish that *he* did. (NO to Bush II))
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To: rawhide

I’ve got about two year’s worth. I guess I’ll go out and get some more - not as many to last through my death - I hope, lol!

I love the woman who is hoarding and selling bulbs - American enterprise at its very finest.


4 posted on 08/25/2011 4:05:40 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: miss marmelstein

No doubt the feds will make it illegal to sell the old bulbs; kind of like illicit drugs..... One thing the feds know well: POWER.


5 posted on 08/25/2011 4:15:57 AM PDT by Jerrybob
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To: tobyhill

A strange phenomenom when a country tells us what kind of light bulbs we have to buy.
Even stranger when not one of the fluorescent bulbs is made in this counry.

Soon only outlaws will own an incandescent bulbs.
I have a lamp in my livingroom the uses one of those 3 different brightness bulbs, What do I do with that lamp? What do I do with the bulbs that are hooked to my dimmer switch, since fluorescent cannot be dimmed?

I suppose this isn’t the most stupid law Congress has ever come up with, but it is right there at the top 5. Obamacare of course surpases it.


6 posted on 08/25/2011 4:19:00 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Jerrybob

Absolutely! What an easy job: chasing down middle-class people hoarding light bulbs. Wouldn’t you want to get that assignment when you could be hunting down Muslim terrorists?


7 posted on 08/25/2011 4:20:24 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: Jerrybob
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." Ayn Rand
8 posted on 08/25/2011 4:21:35 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: Venturer

I think that 150 watt 3 way bulbs and 200 watt bulbs are not banned. I think they will continue to be available.

Bulbs 100 watt and less are to be replaced....... I’m pretty sure i made that determination some time ago.


9 posted on 08/25/2011 4:29:45 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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To: Jerrybob

I really don’t understand this law and what will happen. I thought all of these bulbs would be banned, not just 100 watt variety,

In any event, this ban will be a hidden boon to the GOP. Come January when the public sees this take effect, they’ll be very upset. And there will be some libs who will take flack from their poorer constituents. How is some inner city family supposed to afford a 10 bulb to replace one that cost them 69 cents at Wal Mart the year prior?

Our only problem was that Bush was the dim bulb who signed this bill into law.


10 posted on 08/25/2011 4:35:10 AM PDT by SteveAustin
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To: tobyhill

From “that government is best which governs least” to a fiscally and morally bankrupt government regulating the wattage and kind of light bulbs one may purchase in just 200+ years.


11 posted on 08/25/2011 4:38:10 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: tobyhill

a smart company will re-label them as a 100watt incandescent heat source.


12 posted on 08/25/2011 4:57:35 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: tobyhill

Government regulations initiate another black market


13 posted on 08/25/2011 4:59:22 AM PDT by kidd (S&P gives Obama an 'AA+'...Obama's only published grade)
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To: Venturer

How many of those flourescent bulbs are going to be smashed during a tornado, hurricane, or earthquake? They are a danger to the environment. Where is the EPA in all this?


14 posted on 08/25/2011 5:10:44 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ( Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: tobyhill

Is there a loophole of some sort in the ban? I ask because shortly after this ban became law some stores around here began to sell 90, 65, and 55 watt bulbs- or at least the boxes were labelled as such- in place of the usual 100, 75 and 60 watts. I’d never seen that before.


15 posted on 08/25/2011 5:21:48 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly
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To: SteveAustin

Phased ban.... Next year go the 75 watters, then the following year, 60 watt bulbs.

Praise Bush.... What a ridiculous law.


16 posted on 08/25/2011 5:32:24 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: tobyhill; All

Sorry folks, your local utility is prepared to determine what your usage “should be”.
If your usage doesn’t decline by the “calculated” amount, some period after the ban, your utility will penalize your “excess consumption”.

Anybody want to defund the EPA yet?


17 posted on 08/25/2011 5:33:18 AM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: miss marmelstein
“I love the woman who is hoarding and selling bulbs - American enterprise at its very finest.”

her home will be raided by jack booted thugs from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives and light Bulbs...

I hope they don't shoot her dog.

18 posted on 08/25/2011 5:36:50 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: BigCinBigD

You’re absolutely right. I did think about that. I still admire her moxie, though.


19 posted on 08/25/2011 5:39:38 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: G Larry

“If your usage doesn’t decline by the “calculated” amount, some period after the ban, your utility will penalize your “excess consumption”.”
^^^^^^^^^^

What law is that? When does that go into effect?


20 posted on 08/25/2011 5:39:59 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: tobyhill

I’ve always hated flourescent light. It’s only upside is that it’s cheap, which is why it has industrial use. But for a lover of ambiance? No f-ing way. I’m stockpiling.


21 posted on 08/25/2011 5:45:39 AM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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To: PastorBooks

Yet another EPA “policy” the czars dictated.

I was told it would be “a year or so after the ban on sales go into effect”.

Now, with the sequential ban, going from 100 to 75 to 60, who knows the timing or the formula.
But, the Utilities have their orders!


22 posted on 08/25/2011 5:47:33 AM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: PastorBooks

It’s called “smart grid” and it has been rolling out for a few years now. If you want a real eye opener, look up some of the patents and especially take note of who they are assigned to.


23 posted on 08/25/2011 6:06:44 AM PDT by SirFishalot
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To: Jerrybob

There will be a Black Market. I even have a good idea will it will be run out of in my neighborhood. heh heh heh.
When will we start drawing the shades so the glow of Incandescent light can’t be seen by the Light Bulb Detector Van?


24 posted on 08/25/2011 6:08:58 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Jerrybob

There will be a Black Market. I even have a good idea will it will be run out of in my neighborhood. heh heh heh.
When will we start drawing the shades so the glow of Incandescent light can’t be seen by the Light Bulb Detector Van?


25 posted on 08/25/2011 6:09:08 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Jerrybob

Recently someone on FR posted that the electrical companies will be using all those new power monitors that they’ve installed in homes to measure the usage and if it isn’t the ‘25% savings’ that the CFLs promise then the home owner will be penalized. I haven’t been able to find out if this is true, but it does sound like something the government would do.


26 posted on 08/25/2011 6:10:49 AM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: Venturer
According to the description on Wiki, 3-way bulbs and some other are exempted from the regulations.

It also appears that the ban is only on the manufacture and importation of such bulbs. So this woman can hoard and sell with no issues.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_Independence_and_Security_Act_of_2007

27 posted on 08/25/2011 7:53:20 AM PDT by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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To: tobyhill

If you have a supply, chances are you’ll be “SWAT teamed” sometime in the future for having these “evil” bulbs. You’ll be branded as a terrorist and worse than a drug lord or rapist. But then, that’s the whimsy of tyranny—and we take it.


28 posted on 08/25/2011 8:00:47 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: tobyhill

When Russia was the old Soviet Union (and for a while afterward), when you checked into a hotel, they issued a light bulb at the front desk. You had to return it when you checked out. Theft was that bad. All consumer products were in short supply in a controlled economy; you stood in a line for hours in hopes of buying some shoddy product that you could barter for something more useful. It will become like that here at the rate we are going.


29 posted on 08/25/2011 2:14:23 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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