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If you like your light bulb, you can keep your light bulb
The New American ^ | 1/33/2013 | Chip Wood

Posted on 01/05/2014 5:38:17 AM PST by IbJensen

Actually, just like Barack Obama’s promise regarding health insurance, this one’s not true either. As of Jan. 1 (Happy New Year, by the way!), the import or manufacture of 40-watt or 60-watt light bulbs is now forbidden in the United States. This follows the ban on 75-watt and 100-watt bulbs, which had already been implemented.

I wish we could blame this on the current Administration, but actually this assault on our freedom of choice goes back to 2007, when Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act and it was signed into law by President George W. Bush.

Yep, the prohibition on incandescent bulbs is actually six years old. It just didn’t get much publicity until replacement light bulbs began disappearing from store shelves. Now that more consumers realize what’s happening, a whole bunch of people are stockpiling the ones that remain. If this is the first you’re learning of it and you want to keep some incandescent bulbs on hand, good luck finding some.

The experts who’ve decided they know what’s good for us say that, in time, we’ll learn to appreciate the wisdom of their policies. After all, the new compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that we’re being forced to use are much more energy-efficient than the trusty old favorites. The new bulbs last so much longer — up to 23 years, we’re told — that we’ll save money in the long run. So what if they cost 10 times more money than the old, familiar light bulbs that we’ve used for the past 100 years?

And so what if we hate the way these new light bulbs look? Or the weird kind of light many of them give out? Your not-so-friendly Federal government has decided that it doesn’t matter what your preferences might be. No consumer choice here — except which kind of new, energy-efficient light bulb you’re going to buy.

Welcome to one more way that Big Nanny government manages to intrude into the bedroom — not to mention the kitchen, living room and anyplace else where you flip a switch and expect a light to come on.

Oh, and how do you like how long it takes for some of these bulbs to come to full strength? I went into a guest bathroom recently. When I turned on the switch, it was still so dark in the room that I could barely find the toilet. In time, the room got a little bit brighter. But forget about bringing any reading material in with you.

Don’t look to Congress for any relief from these edicts. The House tried twice, back in 2007, to let us keep our incandescent bulbs. But two alternatives offered up by conservative lawmakers, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act or the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act, failed to pass the House.

Facing the inevitable, General Electric has closed the last factory in the U.S. that manufactured incandescent bulbs. The shutdown of the plant in Winchester, Virginia cost 200 employees their jobs. And don’t count on the forced demand for CFLs and LEDs creating a bunch of new jobs in this country. All of those are being manufactured abroad, mostly in China. Thanks, Uncle Sam, for helping export even more U.S. jobs.

The assault on the light bulb is mere trifle, however, compared to the job losses and financial costs of Obama’s war on coal. And this isn’t happening because of any laws passed by Congress. No, the culprits here are the bureaucrats in the Environmental Protection Agency, who simply decree whatever regulations they deem necessary to achieve their goals.

Estimates are that some 600,000 jobs will be lost because of the EPA directives, mostly in Kentucky and West Virginia. Last week, both Kentucky Senators, as well as all five of the State’s Representatives, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Supreme Court, in support of a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s authority to regulate coal plants.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the case is “an egregious example of the EPA’s violation of the law in pursuit of its overzealous, anti-coal agenda.” And he added, “The ability to create laws is the purview of Congress and the EPA has clearly overstepped its authority.”

We’ll find out later this year if the Supreme Court agrees with him and does anything to retard the EPA’s onslaught against the coal industry. If not, you can expect to pay a lot more for electricity in this country. Nicolas Loris, an economist at the Heritage Foundation, warned that the EPA assault on coal-fired power plants “will deliver a blow to the economy and raise costs for consumers.” He added: “Any way you shake this, it’s a no-win for our economy.”

And speaking of a no-win, how about the latest on Obamacare? Just before Christmas, the Obama Administration announced that it was waiving the individual mandate for people who have had their existing health insurance policies canceled.

Geez, wasn’t it only a few weeks ago that the Democrats allowed a partial shutdown of the federal government, rather than pass any Republican-endorsed measure to delay the individual mandate? Now it seems that Obama and his allies are tacitly admitting that Senator Ted Cruz and the House Republicans were right in demanding a delay.

This is just one more example of how the Obama Administration is changing the law without bothering to get Congress involved. Columnist John Fund says delaying the individual mandate “is at least the 14th unilateral change to Obamacare that’s been made without consulting Congress.”

Ho-hum, another crisis, another unconstitutional edict from the folks in the White House.

Considering all of the attacks on our freedoms, is it any wonder that the latest Gallup poll says that 72 percent of Americans now say that Big Government is a threat to our liberties? That number is a new record high, by the way.

As I said last week, there are some encouraging signs that more and more Americans are standing up and speaking out in defense of their principles. It was wonderful to see the furor that erupted when A&E Networks suspended “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson.

Let’s hope the new year will bring us some more such victories. I hope that one of your resolutions will be to do your part in making it happen.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; evilobamaregime; lightbulbs; lightbulbsfromchina; notmadeinusa; stupidcongress
Thanks George for signing such a despotic piece of crap referred to by our complicit Congress as legislation. It seems that they will vomit up anything and tack an innocuous title to it.

Energy Independence and Security Act (Chinese Light Bulbs)

Affordable Care Act (Lucifercare)

1 posted on 01/05/2014 5:38:18 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Had one of those new bulbs burn out with a gas cloud in my bathroom. The smell was noxious and from what I read - toxic! No more of these in my home, I will pay a premium for the bad illegal bulbs until I can’t get them anymore - then burn candles until they make those illegal too.


2 posted on 01/05/2014 5:44:25 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: IbJensen

I had a thought about something that might affect those who are said to have stockpiled dozens of 100-watt light bulbs. At some point will it be impossible to purchase lamps that can take 100watters? It might be wise to purchase some quality lamps for future use.


3 posted on 01/05/2014 5:45:21 AM PST by grania
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To: IbJensen

Inquiring minds think:
The EXEMPT US Congress did this either because
1) it helps al Qaeda and illegals
more than Americans

and/or

2) the EXEMPT, hated, US Congress actually, impetuously
made money off of this tyranny.


4 posted on 01/05/2014 5:46:44 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: IbJensen
If I recomember correctly this was REPUBLICAN bill, signed into law by a REPUBLICAN president.
Oh yeah, I just cannot wait until this poor nation has a Republican president and congress. After all they are about two degrees right of the Democrats.
5 posted on 01/05/2014 5:48:58 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: broken_arrow1

Anyone can still buy the “severe service” or “Commercial Grade” incandescent light bulbs. They left those alone in the legislation. Most commonly used by contractors t construction sites and also available all over the place for drop lamps more commonly used in garages by mechanics.

With that said, I long ago went to LED because they do not suffer from the vibrations of rugged use. True, they cost more to obtain but I have had no need to replace them. One needs to consider that factor in their buying decisions. For the home I am switching to LED after my supply of the regular bulbs is depleted.


6 posted on 01/05/2014 5:53:32 AM PST by mazda77
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To: IbJensen

This is a world-wide phenom - started in Brazil in 2005, and much of Europe is already deep into no-lightbulb land.


7 posted on 01/05/2014 5:55:34 AM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: mazda77
I bought my first LED finally, the price was right for trying it out. I refused to pay $30 for a bulb, but at $10, it was worth a shot.

I like it much better than my CFLs, although interestingly, its not that much more energy efficient. It work much better though. Hopefully the prices of these things continues to drop.

8 posted on 01/05/2014 5:58:13 AM PST by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: Paradox

Is the light quality better than CFLs?


9 posted on 01/05/2014 6:02:33 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: grania

standard socket……. .till they make the socket hazardous


10 posted on 01/05/2014 6:07:28 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Tupelo
"Light Bulb" Fred Upton, who's one of the dimmest Republican lights in the House, wrote the legislation, Bush signed it into law, and then Upton suddenly changed his mind after the damage was done.

Conservatives burn over Fred Upton's light bulb law

Upton switches position on CFL light bulbs

11 posted on 01/05/2014 6:12:01 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: IbJensen

Yeah, 23 years my butt...they last 2 years max under normal use. I tried them out and am now replacing them as they blow. The whole thing is yet another global warming scam, and I guarantee that in about 20 years or so, we’ll be reading horror stories about mercury contamination in the landfills because of these things.


12 posted on 01/05/2014 6:14:07 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: IbJensen

I like the new led bulbs. They are way more efficient.

We are closing all kinds of usable coal plants throughout the country. We must save energy some how.


13 posted on 01/05/2014 6:16:13 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Timber Rattler

I am glad I have a stockpile of the bulbs in 40 60 and 100 watts, enough to last me through till I check out for good which my doc assures me will be within ten years.


14 posted on 01/05/2014 6:19:28 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: IbJensen
We’ll find out later this year if the Supreme Court agrees with him and does anything to retard the EPA’s onslaught against the coal industry.

This is the same court that ruled Carbon Dioxide was a pollutant, wishful thinking that they have any intention of offering relief from the EPA.

15 posted on 01/05/2014 6:53:04 AM PST by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

I wonder if we’ll return to whale oil to light America’s lamps? It would certainly involve slaughtering more whales than can be found in the oceans.

We could use tallow candles, but then where could we find enough tallow.

As far as heating is concerned we could all move to Florida in the winter, then come back up north for a few summer months. I’ve been doing this for years.

Those new light bulbs don’t seem to last as long as Thomas Edison’s invention and if you drop and break one you could get sick. But then there’s the benefit that our entrenched political class is pleased with: it gives the Chinese something more to do. What would we do without Chinese industry?

If you can read this thank a Congressperson or a Senateperson.


16 posted on 01/05/2014 6:53:09 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

We shouldn’t fall into the “Bush did it” trap here. Congress, whether run by Dems or the GOP, has no business telling us what light bulb we can or can’t use.

Bush went over to the dark side on global warming too, before he left office, but now more and more people are realizing it was all a scam to gain more power over us.

Raise hell with Congress over the light bulbs and we might just get this one, at least, reversed, now that global warming is being seen for what it is...a power grab.


17 posted on 01/05/2014 7:00:39 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: Mouton

+ 1 from here, I also have a stock pile off 75 watt size too, along with other items that may be required.;-)


18 posted on 01/05/2014 7:17:37 AM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Word to the wise: KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS FOR LED LIGHTS. I have had a couple ‘burn out’ or cease to function. They are not as reliable as claimed. Be sure you can get your money back.


19 posted on 01/05/2014 7:28:24 AM PST by STYRO (War sucks. Living in slavery sucks even worse.)
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To: IbJensen

I switched to LED for my 20 outdoor Malibu path lights a couple years ago.

Not nearly as bright as incandescent, but just adequate to light the path. I had been testing options for a few years, and switched when I could get ones that were bright enough to see were on, and for $5 each.

The biggest advantage is that they never burn out, literally so far. I was constantly replacing the incandescents (I don’t think they liked occasionally being buried in snow), which always had a few that needed replacing, and which turned their glass dark gray over time.


20 posted on 01/05/2014 7:35:53 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: IbJensen

Made in China

Id’ bet we can’t find bulbs made anywhere else.


21 posted on 01/05/2014 7:42:38 AM PST by onedoug
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To: IbJensen
I expect an environmental crisis in a few years as these mercury filled CFL bulbs are improperly disposed in landfills as well as homes and neighborhoods being contaminated. Imagine the havoc if vandals broke hundreds of these CFL bulbs in a school or public building. The building would have to be shutdown and decontaminated. Even dropping a case of these bulbs off a pallet at a store would result in a hazardous material spill incident. Mercury pollution will soon become so pervasive that environmentalists will be clambering for the federal government to fix the problem.
22 posted on 01/05/2014 7:52:46 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: The_Media_never_lie
We are closing all kinds of usable coal plants throughout the country.

And instead of funding research in minimizing emissions from coal-fired plants, they are throwing money at unproven or proven inefficient and non-cost effective technology, in return for a slice of the pie.

The only positive note: Hey, Coal Workers Unions, serves you right for backing RATs all these years!

23 posted on 01/05/2014 8:28:15 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: IbJensen
Reagan restored the Republican party after Nixon and all who came progressively before him.

The Bush family and the GOPe then undid all that was Reagan but the memory, which too will be gone soon enough, and re-aligned our trajectory for a kinder, gentler, more rational progression to the new US.

Welcome to post 9/11, post-Constitutional America.

24 posted on 01/05/2014 9:02:26 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Tupelo

At one time, your post wouldn’t have lasted 10 minutes on this forum, and you would have fallen victim to the Viking Kitties. Thumbs up to you!


25 posted on 01/05/2014 9:14:00 AM PST by Sarajevo (Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank, give a man a bank and he can rob the world)
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To: Sarajevo; Tupelo
Lol...that would've been back when the Pubbie's were an actual opposition party to the Dims ;-) The times, they have changed.
26 posted on 01/05/2014 9:17:51 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: grania

How many of us- including me have table lamps which have the shade clipping around the bulb???

Those shades don’t fit the CFL bulbs. So-—either more American jobs lost here or more shades being made in China or both.

Some of us get headaches with the CFL bulbs. I am one.


27 posted on 01/05/2014 9:36:31 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Timber Rattler

The new type bulbs don’t like cold. IF you have them in your UNHEATED garage, expect their life to be VERY short.

I had a bookkeeping client who turned off his heat every weekend. His CFL bulbs didn’t last 3 months.


28 posted on 01/05/2014 9:39:20 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles
Some of us get headaches with CFL buls. I am one.

I not only get headaches, words blur when I try to read by their light. With flourescent lights, I can't always discern subtle differences in color.

To read, I depend on 100-watt light bulbs or natural light. I found that time in modern classrooms with flourescent lights, a lot of technology for reading and no natural lights affect my concentration and reading comprehension.

I can't help but think that it's a not-uncommon problem, and a lot of learning and behavioral issues are caused by that artificial environment for vision.

29 posted on 01/05/2014 9:44:40 AM PST by grania
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To: IbJensen; All

Check this out for a bright light on this topic http://www.brightlights-inc.com/


30 posted on 01/05/2014 9:49:55 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: broken_arrow1
"Had one of those new bulbs burn out with a gas cloud in my bathroom. The smell was noxious and from what I read - toxic! No more of these in my home, I will pay a premium for the bad illegal bulbs until I can’t get them anymore - then burn candles until they make those illegal too."

My electricity was out for a couple weeks after Hurricane Lili in 2002. Since then, I've become a big advocate of oil lamps/lanterns. You can pick them up cheap at Wal-Mart, and even get spare components (i.e., burners, wicks, etc.) Knock on wood, but kerosene/lamp oil is still pretty cheap, and you can even get scented stuff if you want to pay a little extra.

31 posted on 01/05/2014 9:50:51 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: mazda77

My problem with LEDs is that they are rated to replace VERY low-light incandescent bulbs. I read their labels: 15w, 20w, etc. I haven’t yet seen 40w or higher in stores. I would gladly replace my CFLs (when they finally burn out) with LEDs IF the light output would be the same AND the light quality (warmth, color) would be the same. Every time I see a display in a store with an LED bulb, a CFL bulb, an incandescent bulb and a halogen bulb, it’s not plugged in! That’s frustrating, because I really would like to see the difference in light quantity and quality.


32 posted on 01/05/2014 9:56:42 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC
I am currently holding in my hand a 60 watt equivalent LED which I bought at my local Home depot. They had them in several color temperatures. I already have them in bedroom light fixtures. The only problem I see is that they are not to be used in sealed fixtures. The little self-contained ballasts evidently put out too much heat.

Speaking of heat. In cold country, the heat given off by incandescent bulbs has to contribute to the heating of homes, along with body heat, heat from cooking,water heaters, etc. As you watch your electric bills fall, you get to watch your heat bills climb......

33 posted on 01/05/2014 10:58:48 AM PST by snowtigger
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To: EinNYC

I don’t know where you’re shopping, but 40-watt and 60-watt LED equivalents are very common. To get an idea, go to Amazon and do a search.

We replaced the 60-watt incandescent light bulbs in our bathroom months ago with LED bulbs and I couldn’t be more pleased. They come on instantly and have a nice color. I’m never going back to incandescent bulbs when I can get cool, bright, instant-on, low-energy using LED bulbs!


34 posted on 01/05/2014 11:11:46 AM PST by ConstantSkeptic (Be careful about preconceptions)
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To: onedoug

I found some at Lowe’s that were made in Cleveland, Ohio and in Mexico.


35 posted on 01/05/2014 11:23:44 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Atlas Sneezed

I must have gotten a wrong batch when I bought some to try out a year or so ago. They all burned out!

Meanwhile, I’ve a 75 watt U. S. made bulb that has been burning in compliance with the fire laws governing condominiums for over six years.


36 posted on 01/05/2014 11:25:51 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Norseman

It was his pen that inked the bill! He made no comment at that time.


37 posted on 01/05/2014 11:26:36 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: onedoug

Here in Japan incandescent bulbs are still for sale and still made in Japan .


38 posted on 01/05/2014 2:42:07 PM PST by sushiman
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