Kalifornians: Kiss Your 100-watt Lightbulb Goodbye

Mercury News:  The light bulb police in action.  “Californians can start saying goodbye to traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulbs now that the state has become the first in the country to require a new standard for the screw-base bulbs.  Experts say the new rules, which took effect New Year’s Day, will save residents money and energy. . . . what used to be a 100-watt light bulb manufactured and sold in California will have to use 72 watts or less. . . . Similar new standards for traditional 75-watt, 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent bulbs will go into effect in California over the next few years, with wattages reduced to 53, 43 and 29 respectively.

See “Eco-bulb cost to treble: Makers cash in as the ban on old-style bulbs kicks in.”

All-American Light Bulb Dims as Freedom Flickers

Real Clear Politics has an article called “All-American Light Bulb Dims as Freedom Flickers”  that discusses the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the law that outlaws the the incandescent light bulb in favor of the dangerous  compact fluorescent lights “CFCs) that contain highly toxic mercury and that must be discarded at recycling centers because of the their hazardous content.

“EISA establishes performance criteria that Edisonian bulbs cannot meet. As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explains: ‘These standards, which begin in 2012, will eliminate low efficiency incandescent light bulbs from the market”.”

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