Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lights Out for Incandescents: Nanny-State America Strikes Again

Holly Deyo

This is a reminder if you want to continue using incandescent light bulbs, now is the time to stock up. More nanny-state America is about to descend on us.

When first reading World Net Daily's article four years ago, 2014 seemed light years away, if you'll pardon the pun. Now phasing out incandescent bulbs is a few short months from kicking in. Californians will begin their goodbye to incandescent bulbs in 30 days; the rest of us have next year as grace period.

Some U.S. retailers have already quit carrying our old standbys. They are no longer obtainable in any wattage at our brick-and-mortar Sam's Club though they can be purchased through them online. Other retailers have not been so quick to hop the ban bandwagon and they can still be bought for reasonable costs at Walmart, K-Mart and most hardware stores.

Here's the phase out schedule for all 49 states and territories, except California:

Current
Wattage
New
Maximum
Rated
Wattage
Effective Date
California
(Mfg. on or after)
Effective Date
49 states and territories
(Mfg. on or after)

100W
72W
January 1, 2011
January 1, 2012
75W
53W
January 1, 2012
January 1, 2013
60W
43W
January 1, 2013
January 1, 2014
40W
29W
January 1, 2013
January 1, 2014



Panic Buying Starts
Don't wait till the last minute to set in a supply of incandescent bulbs. In America, 100-watt bulbs are first to get the axe. Next year is your last to buy them so now is the time to lay in a supply.

Take a lesson from Europe. Europeans have already begun 'panic buying' since their phase out of 75-watters began in 2009. Next year their 60W bulbs get axed. Australia led the pack with an outright ban this year. As usual Aussies are not ones to complain.

Most Canadian retailers will quit selling incandescents by 2012, except for IKEA Canada. They began eliminating incandescent bulbs starting August 1, 2010 and will complete their all-out phaseout in 2011.

Not a Bright Idea
Stan and I are not sold on the CFLs (compact fluorescent lamp) for several reasons and apparently we are not alone. Looking at Sam's customer reviews on GE Soft White 60W bulbs, they get a 5-star rating. However, GE Energy Smart 13W Light Bulbs (yes, these (pictured below left) replace the current 60W bulbs) only get 3 stars.

Three years ago we starting using CFLs in a storage room and for overhead lighting in the garage. The CFL is supposed to last many times longer than their incandescent counterparts, but we haven't found this to be the case. It seemed that within months I was shinnying up the ladder to change them. Burned out. Dead. Kaput. Not impressed with their '5-year life span' as stated on the packaging. Cost begins to add up when they burn out early on these pricey 'improvements'.

Here is another testimony that the new CFLs do not last long when lights are frequently switched on and off:





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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

And they still contain mercury. So, when one burns out, drive by City Hall one night and chuck the little bugger out the window.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Any of the wealthier neighborhoods would be wise also!

Anonymous said...

And worse yet, if you live in a colder climate where heating is the norm and air conditioning is rare, the waste product of the regular old style light bulb, which is heat, is entirely salvaged by the insulation and wind proffing of your home. It simply reduces the amount your heater has to run. If you are running air conditioning, compacts make sense. If no air conditioning, compacts are of limited value even on an energy basis. The additional cost to build them does not likely justify any energy savings net-net.

Anonymous said...

THEY ALSO CREATE RADIO INTERFERENCE, WHICH MEANS THAT THEY CAN TRANSMIT VOCAL SIGNALS OVER A FREQUENCY THAT CAN BE EASILY MONITORED. DID YOU REALLY THINK THE GUVMENT WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU GOT TO WATCH AMERICAN IDOL IN HD FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE. AN UNFATHOMABLE AMOUNT OF FREQUENCIES WERE MADE AVAILABLE ON THE UHF/VHF LEVELS.

AND NOW THEY COME FOR YOU, TOO LATE TO STAND UP?

Ken Layton said...

These things don't work in ovens or refrigerators due to the temperatures involved. We have an outdoor stairwell and in the winter it takes a good ten minutes to get these lamps to come up to brightness. I have had a couple of table lamps with these fluorescent bulbs in them actually catch fire!

laura said...

I use both...for years certain rooms had flour lights, some the long tube type. In the living room my floor lamp is a cfl as it stays on all eve. In the 3d bedroom where both computers are I also use cfl's Each type of light bulb has a purpose...let's keep both. I use reg. bulbs in bathrooms and table lamps, closets where lights are only on a short time. Why doesn't the damn gov. stay out of our biz?

Anonymous said...

CFLs= massive migraine trigger. 'nuff said. As a migraine sufferer, the upcoming cutoff fills me with dread.

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