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US Light Bulb Ban Set To Take Effect

SonicSpike (242293) writes | about 7 months ago


SonicSpike (242293) writes "Light bulb manufacturers will cease making traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs — the most popular in the country — at the start of 2014.

This comes after the controversial phasing out of incandescent 75 and 100-watt light bulbs at the beginning of 2013.

In their place will be halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs and high efficiency incandescents — which are just regular incandescents that have the filament wrapped in gas. All are significantly more expensive than traditional light bulbs, but offer significant energy and costs savings over the long run. (Some specialty incandescents — such as three-way bulbs — will still be available.)

The end of old light bulbs will likely anger some consumers that are already faced with higher prices for a variety of goods. But it will also tick off tea party activists since the ban is the result of the final phase of government-mandated efficiency standards.

The rules were signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007. They are designed to address gross inefficiencies with old light bulbs — only 10% of the energy they use is converted into light, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which has a handy fact sheet about the changes. The rest is wasted as heat.

But the rules have drawn fire from a number of circles — mainly conservatives and libertarians who are unhappy about the government telling people what light bulbs they can use. They argue that if the new ones really are so good, people will buy them on their own without being forced to do so."

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Some will, most won't (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | about 7 months ago | (#45697611)

This govt mandate is a good (but not great) thing.
The assumption that people would voluntarily buy more expensive goods in exchange for electricity savings makes one bad assumption:
    That people (specially with the least education) are smart, are open minded, will try new things, and don't have a bias against most new things !

Specially in places where people believe in criationism, that the rapture is here, don't care if the world ends, and this kind of nonse perpetuated by the religious nuts !

This whole libertarian platform is a great philosophycal (aka for discussion only) topic, but it fails miserably every practical test, because it would depend on having only smart, highly educated people on earth.

Agent Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.

Marcelo Pacheco: The day people realize that Nuclear energy is very necessary solution to the world's energy problems, realizing that even though there's a small risk of serious accidents, it's practical results radically outweighs it's risks, then I'll say the world is ready for a libertarian platform !

waste heat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45699147)

In the winter the "waste" heat will help heat your home. In the summer the nights are short, the bulbs are not on for very long. The raw electrical savings are overstating the actual savings people will see.

Re:waste heat (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | about 7 months ago | (#45700161)

1-Using electricity to heat up a place, that's the most expensive way to do it ! Specially if that electricity is coming from coal. And cooling a place with AC is sooo much more expensive that heating it up with electricity.
2-You probably live way up north, never lived in a hotter place, where any extra heat is bad except for 3 to 4 months in the year.
3-Weather proofing, more heat insulation, can help so much more than a little waste heat from an incandescent lamp.
4-Remember that unless that lamp isn't used much, it will pay for itself many times over in its lifetime.

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