The incandescent bulb ban hits in six months

Don’t worry though. Yeah, CFL bulbs don’t work and will pollute your home and landfills with mercury but there are new LED lights that do work, supposedly. Of course, they cost $50 per bulb, but that’s only a problem for those earning less than a half- million per year, eh?

I’ve been predicting for at least two years now that the real tea party revolution won’t hit until the light bulb ban takes effect. I wonder whether the Republicans are too stupid to get ahead of the wave by repealing the law or are they brilliant strategists, determined to let the ban come and then saddle the Democrats with the voters’ outrage?

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6 responses to “The incandescent bulb ban hits in six months

  1. Ohhh… Watcha do THAT for CF? Now you’ve tipped them off and given Upchuck Schumer an opportunity to ride in on some white pony and “save the light”.

  2. Here’s a hypothetical for you. If you manufactured incandescent bulbs completely within one state and only sold them in that state, could you get out from under the federal law by taking the product out of interstate commerce?

    I’ve been stocking up a Home Depot. I have a lot of indoor floods in my house and other specialty or decorative bulbs that they don’t make CF equivalents for. I have most of them on dimmer switches, which hugely extends the life of the incandescents by letting them run cooler. Home Depot is now selling the floods in boxes of 12 for us hoarders.

  3. Not just a price problem with LEDs…

    LEDs – like CFLs before them- have recently been found to have serious home breakage and disposal concerns, having lead, arsenic and toxic vapor content,
    according to University of California (Davis and Irvine) research
    http://ceolas.net/#li20ledx

    They suggest wearing safety protection when LED breakage occurs and that the bulbs should be recycled.

    They also maintain that there was insufficient product testing
    before LED bulbs came onto the market. There was a law that was supposed to take effect on January 1 that would have mandated such testing, but it was opposed and blocked by industry groups, and has been put on hold…

  4. Cobra

    About 10 years ago we installed a few outdoor lights that operated via a Leviton transmitter/receiver switch located in our front hall. Worked perfectly until a few months ago. Our electrician asked us if we’d installed any appliances/TV’s recently which might be causing the problem. As we had not, we couldn’t figure out why these outdoor lights would work during the day but not when needed…at night. We tried, unsuccessfully, to isolate what was sending the “dirty” signal to the receiver, preventing it from turning the lights on at night. Turned out the culprits were the CFL’s we had put in three of our downstairs lamps. We just learned that each of these little buggers has a transformer in the base of the bulb that will cause the signal interruption from transmitter to receiver. Over the weekend, I switched the three lamps from CFL to incandescent and now all the outdoor lights work just fine. Yesterday, I went to Home Depot and picked up several more multi-packs of good old 100 watt incandescent bulbs, adding to my ever growing hoard of canned food, bottled water, and ammunition.

  5. Cobra: we had a similar problem with our security system AND garage door openers. The CFL bulbs on our back door sconces interfered with the signal from the monitoring panel. It took three diagnostic sessions to determine it was the bulb. So when the inside garage door opener panel stopped working, it was an easy fix. The lights over the garage door are now incandescents. GE says this:
    Many electronic devices, such as radios, televisions, wireless telephones, and remote controls, use infrared light to transmit signals. Infrequently, these types of electronic devices accidentally interpret the infrared light coming from a compact fluorescent bulb as a signal, causing the electronic device to temporarily malfunction or stop working. (For example, your television might suddenly change channels.)

    Richard: I thought that was you at HD in Brewster – loading up your container ship with floods. I was in the big rig in the parking space next to you, the truck marked, CFL Users are Losers.

  6. Chris

    Why must the liberal democrats insist on getting into every aspect of our lives?

    Why won’t the Republicans stand up to them?

    Grrr… Argh….