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Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban
The Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2011 | Stephen Dinan

Posted on 12/16/2011 5:30:52 AM PST by markomalley

Congressional negotiators struck a deal Thursday that overturns the new rules that were to have banned sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs beginning next year.

That agreement is tucked inside the massive 1,200-page spending bill that funds the government through the rest of this fiscal year, and which both houses of Congress will vote on Friday. Mr. Obama is expected to sign the bill, which heads off a looming government shutdown.

Congressional Republicans dropped almost all of the policy restrictions they tried to attach to the bill, but won inclusion of the light bulb provision, which prevents the Obama administration from carrying through a 2007 law that would have set energy efficiency standards that effectively made the traditional light bulb obsolete.

The bill doesn’t actually amend the 2007 law, but does prohibit the administration from spending any money to carry out the light bulb standards — which amounts to at least a temporary reprieve.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 112th; bho44; envirowhackos; lightbulb; lightbulbs; nannystate; planetgore
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To: FateAmenableToChange
“I like LED’s in my high-power flashlights, but I've never seen one with light I'd like to read by.”

mrs riverdawg likes the warmth of the under-cabinet LEDs in the kitchen, but we haven't tried one in a lamp yet. For one thing, they are still very expensive. But as production ramps up in the coming years, I expect the price to drop substantially. And I have read about(but have yet not seen) new LEDs that are suitable for reading lamps.

101 posted on 12/16/2011 8:47:45 AM PST by riverdawg
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To: hedgetrimmer

Surely you jest.

We both know how people dispose of them. But don’t tell the EPA.


102 posted on 12/16/2011 8:51:45 AM PST by sphinx
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To: miss marmelstein

LOL! So do I, but I got them every time they were buy one get one free or on sale for a really good price. I will never need to buy another light bulb and will be able to hand down a lifetime’s worth of 100 watt bulbs to my children, their children, their children.....


103 posted on 12/16/2011 9:23:22 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: vg0va3

We should make regular Christmas lights, too.

I wanted a set of fancy Christmas lights, that weren’t LED, and couldn’t find them anywhere. I HATE LED lights. They make me feel ill.


104 posted on 12/16/2011 9:31:29 AM PST by Politicalmom (Lazamataz for president!! NO MORE RINOS!!)
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To: markomalley
energy standards mandated in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 are implemented. It has infuriated conservatives who see the restriction as an infringement on their right to chose how they light their homes and businesses. “Congress should not be "telling anyone how to light their homes, flush their toilets or run their showers...they should be regulating government spending and not cowtowing to the EPA and Go Green crowd!

Going Green is not the end all be all our children are being taught in school. The end of this Mercury laced light bulb saved little energy and harmed the land, i.e., land fills where tons of the 'pest' now reside. Just the motto..Go Green is toxic. Beware!

105 posted on 12/16/2011 9:42:53 AM PST by yoe
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To: markomalley

Good news; it’s too bad that Congress had to waste time in the first place even passing this unConstitutional ridiculously stupid law.


106 posted on 12/16/2011 9:44:21 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: P-Marlowe; markomalley; xzins
Piss on these wimps in Congress. REPEAL the law!!

You are so right. Wait till people discover that the "greenies" pushed through this stupid law that killed American jobs and now we can only use bulbs that have mercury in them and you can not dim your lights anymore. When tenants start complaining that they can't dim their ceiling fan lights anymore I've told my managers to tell them "stop voting for the democrats".

107 posted on 12/16/2011 10:59:50 AM PST by wmfights (PERRY 2012)
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To: markomalley; All
Update thread:

Congress suspends light bulb ban FUNDING--Update to original reports of law change

108 posted on 12/16/2011 11:31:45 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: miss marmelstein

I’ll give you $0.10 a piece for 50 100 watt bulbs. Of course this is free shipping Friday on the internet - right? ;-)

Actually, reports out there suggest that recently manufactured bulbs have very short lives - maybe manufacturers are shipping anything that resembles a lightbulb - quality control be damned ... Have you been happy with recent purchases?


109 posted on 12/16/2011 11:31:45 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: sphinx
I converted to the squiggly bulbs long ago. They do save an electricity, but mainly I like not having to run to the store to replace them.

Regardless of what their properties are and whether they are better than incandescent bulbs, the fact is the US government has no business banning them. If the curly bulbs are better the free market will decide, not the government.

I use the curly ones in my bedroom but must use the incandescent bulbs in the bulk of the house because they cause my daughter(who is grown but living here with her two children)gets headaches from them. She is prone to migraines and these things really set her off.

I know several other people who say the same thing about them.

Plus there is the so called mercury factor. However, the free market will take care of it without government interference, something the a**hats in Washington have never learned, nor will they ever until we teach them, but voting all of their sorry a**es out of office, one way or another.

110 posted on 12/16/2011 11:41:41 AM PST by calex59
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To: Tunehead54

No, the light bulbs stink. Especially the ones on my overhead fan - the smaller ones. Just awful - blow out in two weeks.


111 posted on 12/16/2011 11:43:00 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: G Larry

Right. It won’t matter if we still have the ‘right’ to purchase the 100 watt bulbs....if they are no longer available TO purchase.

As usual, the Rep Congress has failed us....

miserably...by doing way too little...and way too late.

Fire Boehner for a good start!


112 posted on 12/16/2011 11:47:46 AM PST by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: miss marmelstein

Sorry to hear that - hope manufacturers go back to certified long-life bulbs ...


113 posted on 12/16/2011 12:29:49 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Mr. K

They were definitely behind it. I also vaguely remember Jeff Immelt promising that GE would have incandescent bulbs that meet the new efficiency standard by the time the law took effect. I guess he forgot about that part...


114 posted on 12/16/2011 1:07:35 PM PST by Moiraine
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To: G Larry

“..Who knows when G.E. stopped making them?..”

Surely you don’t buy from that leftwing GE. The Lighthouse for the blind, Phillips, Sylvania OK.

More pertinent to the topic though is the super hardball that the mighty GOP is playing. Boy are they tough sons-a-guns. Betcha Obama and Dingy Hairy shake in their boots every day. This light bulb business was by far the most important obstruction they could throw in the path of the libs./s


115 posted on 12/16/2011 2:23:25 PM PST by secondamendmentkid
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

“Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast” ping. Thanks markomalley.


116 posted on 12/16/2011 2:26:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Me too.

I hope the filaments last...


117 posted on 12/16/2011 5:02:50 PM PST by heartwood
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To: muawiyah

I was looking at LED Christmas lights today. Seen up close they all had a nauseating flicker.


118 posted on 12/16/2011 5:04:55 PM PST by heartwood
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To: miss marmelstein; Vinnie
Maybe you all can sell them to Home Depot.
119 posted on 12/16/2011 6:41:08 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Vaquero

The Obama bulb huh? You forget this part?

“a 2007 law that would have set energy efficiency standards that effectively made the traditional light bulb obsolete.”

This happened under Dubya’s watch. Give credit where credit is due.


120 posted on 12/17/2011 9:07:18 AM PST by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: sphinx
Some folks do not notice the flickering off-color light a twisty bulb produces. But for those people with sensitive eyes, migraines or epilepsy twisty bulbs are dreadful.

Since you can not tell the difference the two kinds of bulbs go ahead and buy what ever kind are cheaper. Hopefully you will never have guests in your home who are ultra sensitive to florescent lighting.

When we moved into our brand new home four years my sweet hubby installed twisty bulbs in most the light fixtures. Both of us thought the twisty bulbs would be superior the traditional ones. Within a month he replaced all but two of the twisty bulbs because he thought the twisty bulbs made the interior of our new house dingy.

By the way I have a whole case of the dang bulbs that none of our friends or family want. What I need to do is give the case of bulbs away to the Salvation Army.

121 posted on 12/17/2011 8:16:34 PM PST by Irish Queen ("Don't fence me in")
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To: sphinx
Some folks do not notice the flickering off-color light a twisty bulb produces. But for those people with sensitive eyes, migraines or epilepsy twisty bulbs are dreadful.

Since you can not tell the difference the two kinds of bulbs go ahead and buy what ever kind are cheaper. Hopefully you will never have guests in your home who are ultra sensitive to florescent lighting.

When we moved into our brand new home four years my sweet hubby installed twisty bulbs in most the light fixtures. Both of us thought the twisty bulbs would be superior the traditional ones. Within a month he replaced all but two of the twisty bulbs because he thought the twisty bulbs made the interior of our new house dingy.

By the way I have a whole case of the dang bulbs that none of our friends or family want. What I need to do is give the case of bulbs away to the Salvation Army. The shape of the twisty bulb is not what most people object to, rather it is the quality of the light.

122 posted on 12/17/2011 8:26:41 PM PST by Irish Queen ("Don't fence me in")
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To: Vaquero

love your post #34!


123 posted on 12/18/2011 12:08:28 AM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: G Larry

Sounds like a new business opportunity for someone.


124 posted on 12/18/2011 12:15:57 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: G Larry
Home Depot stopped ordering 100 watt bulbs in October.

That late? I'm amazed.

The good part is Zero gets to choose between pissing off his base by signing or pissing off the country by not signing.

125 posted on 12/18/2011 12:17:01 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: vg0va3

I’m in!


126 posted on 12/18/2011 12:21:22 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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