Stock Up on Light Bulbs

On January 1st the government will make the sale of 100 watt bulbs illegal, because they are mandating that everyone buy those ugly, expensive fluorescent bulbs filled with mercury which are environmentally toxic. Why? To save the planet of course! Another example of bureaucracy at its finest.

In the midst of an economic crisis, troubles in Afghanistan and various terrorist threats around the globe, the last thing on the minds of Americans is the light bulb. That didn’t stop the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) earlier this month from releasing 91 pages of regulations that will force manufacturers to revise their packaging and make costly compact fluorescent bulbs appear more appealing to consumers.

Congress ordered these changes in 2007 as part of its decision to force the dim, overpriced, mercury-filled product on a public that so far has refused to embrace it willingly. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, bureaucratic rules will phase in, and 100-watt versions of Thomas Edison’s venerable invention will be first on the contraband list. Sylvania, the largest light-bulb company in North America, found in a telephone survey last year that three-quarters of Americans have no idea that Congress is coming for their light bulbs. If you like a safe, warm glow with your lighting, now would be a good time to start stocking up on incandescents

I’ve been saying for years, these big government types will systematically take away your freedoms and rights all in the name of “saving you”. The larger a government gets, the more feral and corrupt it gets. That is why limited government is the only solution to tyranny. We need government of some kind, but it needs to be tied down and politicians need a very short lease. Our so called leaders are ignorant, corrupt ideological cranks and they cannot be allowed to get away with the nonsense they are doing any longer.

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  2. I would love to meet the people out there that LOVE their home lit like a dirty public restroom. If those CFL bulbs were so great then people would have been buying them up, but the fact that they have to be forced on you goes to show just how much people HATE them. I don’t know how the tree-huggers feel, but I’m not a big fan of toxic light bulbs in my home, I guess they like it. Anyway, how about we spend more time developing cleaner forms of producing energy rather then taking more things away from the taxpayer. Heck we can make BP pay for the R&D! And anyone foolish enough to think that these bulbs will save money on your bill will be in for a sad reality. If the electric company starts taking a hit on lower usage by consumers they will raise their rates, much the same as gas prices go up when cars get more and more fuel efficient. So why don’t you “save the planet” people put some of your over abundance of time in things that make sense instead of more pointless “feel good laws”. I can just see it now, in 15 years the talk will be about the huge amount of mercury from CFL’s in landfills and how they are poisoning the ground water…

    • I’m really hoping that stupid law gets repealed, especially when more and more articles point to the toxicity of those CFL POS bulbs! I suspect LEDs will take over, though, which is fine if they are allowed to run for years like they are more than capable of. But Edison bulbs can run for years. They have one still going that’s 100 years old! They deliberately make them flawed so they burn out in the factories.

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