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Let there be LIGHT?

Have you had enough of the hope and change? $5 gas, no coal for power, GM sponsoring films lauding China’s communist party, Winn Hotels and resorts moves home office to China, and 20% of Obamacare waivers going to Pelosi’s district? The Federal Government is about to ban 100 watt light bulbs to help you conserve energy…because they care about YOU.
To encourage energy efficiency, Congress passed a law in 2007 mandating that bulbs producing 100 watts worth of light meet certain efficiency goals, starting in 2012. Conventional light bulbs don’t meet those goals, so the law will prohibit making or importing them. The same rule will start applying to remaining bulbs 40 watts and above in 2014.

Enter the $50 light bulb! And you thought Cold Fluorescent Bulbs were expensive?

(AP) NEW YORK – Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January.

Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect.

The new bulbs will also be expensive — about $50 each — so the development may not prevent consumers from hoarding traditional bulbs.

So in the new world of Atlas Shrugged, only the rich will be able to afford light bulbs. The rest of us will have to do with globes dimmer than 20 watts or go with the $50 a shot LED’s. Additionally, the LED bulbs are expected to have a shorter burn life than present bulbs.

Perhaps we should return to chandeliers with candles burning brightly to light our homes? I’d recommend coal oil lamps, but it’s a coal product and that is forbidden. So far the EPA has not banned candles, but I don’t think that’s as farfetched as it sounds.

12 thoughts on “Candle Powered Alternative?

  1. More great news….not. I want a change of government….and "the Newt" ain't even it.

  2. Eco-hippie morons give off plenty of light after ya pour a jug of cheap gin on them and light a match. Not quite as much as a 100W bulb, but acceptably close.

  3. This law was one of the first truly egregious acts of the Pelosi/Reid Congress. The stupidity of such a bill, the costs, the pollution, the unintended consequences, what a piece of horse feces.

    I'm all for hoarding incandescent bulbs. What's the carbon footprint on a candle again?

  4. I know in my heart that the vast majority of Americans will dispose of the new light bulbs carefully, and not throw them into the garbage – willy nilly, like they were trash.

  5. WoFat – you have a keen understanding of the American public.

    Euripides – it's one of those laws that needs to be repealed. But I don't think Congress has the will to do much in that regard.

    Innominatus – torch a hippie might be an eco-friendly alternative to the light bulb crisis.

    Gene – No, Newt isn't it.

    Candle – I had lunch with Candle when I was in Virginia last week.

  6. We can all agree to hoard the bulbs and trade them back and forth like trading cards. Let's call it the white market.

  7. Opus, that sounds so racist. Can't we get agree to hoard ultraviolet lights and call it a black market?

  8. As I started to read the post, I immedietly thought of ATLAS SHRUGGED…Nostradamus has nothing on her.

    Note to self: If you hoard light bulbs, store them in a safe place. Or at least tell the movers to put them in a safe place…

  9. The Libs only want to help you, LL. They, after all, do know what's best for you.

  10. Race – I can see the day when light bulbs will be like drugs — and as you suggest, stashed carefully.

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