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Government-subsidized green light bulb carries costly price tag
wapo ^ | March 8, 2012 | Peter Whoriskey

Posted on 03/09/2012 6:37:36 AM PST by george76

The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said ...

Now the winning bulb is on the market.

The price is $50.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chu; energy; green; greenlightbulb; lightbulb; stevenchu

1 posted on 03/09/2012 6:37:40 AM PST by george76
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To: george76

I have been buying the mercury filled squiggly ones since they came out...I get em on sale and save money (my only concern)on energy.....

.....I love just tossing em in the trash when they die.


2 posted on 03/09/2012 6:39:53 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Vaquero

OOOH! You are sooooo mean! Don’t you know you are stabbing Mother Gaea in the back??????............./s


3 posted on 03/09/2012 6:41:59 AM PST by Red Badger (If the Government can make you buy heath insurance, they can make you buy a Volt................)
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To: george76

This light bulb is racist.

How are the minorities, who can’t afford to buy a driver’s license so they can vote, going to be able to light their houses?


4 posted on 03/09/2012 6:44:10 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Vaquero

Send them back to China! I think the amount of mercury China is shipping to us in the Gorebulbs has to be in the hundreds of thousands of pounds.


5 posted on 03/09/2012 6:44:10 AM PST by DBrow
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To: george76

We recently purchased new light fixtures. Any requiring the lethal florescent bulbs were eliminated from our consideration. The government has absolutely no business telling us what light bulbs we should buy.


6 posted on 03/09/2012 6:46:20 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Vaquero

We switched over to LED. They’re $10 at Costco, and I’ll be dead before they need to be changed. The light LED bulbs put out is really nice, and they can be used with dimmers.


7 posted on 03/09/2012 6:46:26 AM PST by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Red Badger
If you read the directions on how to dispose of the used bulbs, that is exactly what they say to do. Put the used bulb in a glass jar or zip loc bag and toss it in the trash.

No place I know of has a collection drop off.

8 posted on 03/09/2012 6:49:26 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: george76

Made in China?


9 posted on 03/09/2012 6:51:15 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: george76

For 50 bucks, I hope it lasts at least 20 years.


10 posted on 03/09/2012 6:53:42 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Excellence

Costco also sells 18’ rope light LEDs for $17.
And you can string about 300’ together.


11 posted on 03/09/2012 6:54:46 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: UCANSEE2; All

Simple answer from OBAMA Land:

http://wimp.com/lightenup/

We all will live like this if he stays in the White Hut!


12 posted on 03/09/2012 7:01:24 AM PST by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO)
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To: UCANSEE2
How are the minorities, who can’t afford to buy a driver’s license so they can vote, going to be able to light their houses?

You really haven't figured out how the world works, have you? The answer is simple. The government announced plans to introduce its new "Aid to those Without Family Lighting" program which will increase YOUR taxes to give THEM free light bulbs. The new program will be "AWFL" for short.

13 posted on 03/09/2012 7:01:34 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: UCANSEE2; All

Simple answer from OBAMA Land:

http://wimp.com/lightenup/

We all will live like this if he stays in the White Hut!


14 posted on 03/09/2012 7:01:42 AM PST by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO)
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To: george76

A perfect story for the Republican Party to use to illustrate the idiocy of the administration’s green energy policies. Every Republican politician and conservative media vehicle should be highlighting this story and the government waste it represents. A $10 million taxpayer prize to a foreign company for a $50 light bulb!! This should be the story of the week to pound Obama and the Democrats.

However, we are dealing with the Republican Party which has no sense of marketing or public relations. Expect silence.


15 posted on 03/09/2012 7:04:32 AM PST by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Just like everything else, they’ll be given vouchers.

Yes, this policy is “racist” as well.


16 posted on 03/09/2012 7:05:07 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: george76

Ok, this story is strange.
Why would Philips need $10mil to develop LED lights when they have already been making them for years.
Philips is a Dutch company.
The cost is out outrageously high, way over priced.
There will be LED lights out this spring for less than $25, more light better color spread, fitting standard sockets and last for 30 years.
AND no government subsidies to develop them, just investors interested in a good product and a reasonable return on their investment.


17 posted on 03/09/2012 7:07:36 AM PST by svcw (CLEAN WATER http://www.longlostsis.com/PI/MayanHelp2012.html)
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To: Soul of the South

Again, folks need to check on how much of that money ends up back in Democrat coffers. The Democrats have been laundering tax money through “green” companies to pay for their re-elections.


18 posted on 03/09/2012 7:16:29 AM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: george76

C’mon, folks. For a subsidized lightbulb, $50 is a bargain.


19 posted on 03/09/2012 7:24:56 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: george76

I am sure that the light output of this $50 bulb is far superior to anything that a $.50 incandescent bulb could deliver... and at only 100X the “investment”. What’s next - $600 toilet seats for our 0.5 gallon per flush toilets?


20 posted on 03/09/2012 7:28:19 AM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: Beagle8U

I don’t use CFLs so I don’t know the answer. Do they really say to dispose of a broken mercury-filled bulb in a glass jar or a ziploc plastic bag, and to put it in the regular trash? That makes no sense. I can easily see the glass jar being broken on the way to the landfill, and the plastic baggie being torn open with other shards of glass, not to mention many other items thrown away. Voila...the mercury is dispersed! What a great idea the CFLs were! (sarc)


21 posted on 03/09/2012 7:47:56 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: Excellence
The light LED bulbs put out is really nice, and they can be used with dimmers.

How do they compare with incandescents, for light quality? Brighter? Dimmer?

I've been waiting for LED's to hit a pricepoint that's affordable. Basically, I hoarded enough incandescents to get me through a few years until I can go to LED's. They just make sense, low power and last forever.

After buying a new house and finding that ALL (not a couple, but ALL) of the CFL's the former owners used were badly scorched, there's no way I'll purchase one of those.

And, as an aside - I've not had any trouble finding 100W bulbs. Everyplace still seems to be carrying them. What if Congress passed a law, and no one paid any attention. :-)

22 posted on 03/09/2012 7:58:54 AM PST by wbill
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To: FamiliarFace
“If your state or local environmental regulatory agency permits you to put used or broken CFLs in the regular household trash, seal the bulb in a plastic bag and put it into the outside trash for the next normal trash collection.”

http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflrecycling.html

That is from the EPA. There are only a few states that require disposal to other that the normal trash bin.

23 posted on 03/09/2012 8:22:09 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

Home Depot has a drop off.


24 posted on 03/09/2012 8:38:36 AM PST by Jagermonster (TANSTAAFL)
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To: Jagermonster

Home Depot is 25 miles away from me, the trash can is much closer.


25 posted on 03/09/2012 8:45:09 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: wbill

I bought some 40W (equiv) LED bulbs from Sam’s Club a couple of years ago. They worked well at first, but then after only about a month grew so dim that I had to replace them. Perhaps the newer ones are better, but I’m going to wait before buying any more.


26 posted on 03/09/2012 9:00:03 AM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Beagle8U

I won’t tell if you won’t.


27 posted on 03/09/2012 9:01:58 AM PST by Jagermonster (TANSTAAFL)
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To: Jagermonster

The point is...in most states there is no law against tossing them in the trash.

I never go to anywhere that has a collection center, I’m not going to drive 50 miles ( round trip) to do that.


28 posted on 03/09/2012 9:08:19 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; UCANSEE2

How are the minorities, who can’t afford to buy a driver?s license so they can vote, going to be able to light their houses?

You really haven’t figured out how the world works, have you? The answer is simple. The government announced plans to introduce its new “Aid to those Without Family Lighting” program which will increase YOUR taxes to give THEM free light bulbs. The new program will be “AWFL” for short.
________________________________________________________

Already happened in Montgomery County, Maryland early last fall. BTW as one of the bedroom suburbs of Wash DC it is one of the wealthiest in the USA.

A young coed knocked at the door identifying herself as an Obama volunteer of some sort pressed an eight pack of GE 60 watt equivalent CFL bulbs into my hands along with a flyer. Tried to engage her in conversation about whatever program she was pushing but she could only say that she was called out that week. She did admit to being paid for her “volunteer” efforts.

;>)


29 posted on 03/09/2012 9:19:08 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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