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Environmental nannies

Thanks to congress, you’ll soon be paying $50 for a 100w light bulb. Which you can’t properly dispose of and will wind up flushing down your toilet, which can’t handle it because congress ruined those too.

23 Responses to “Environmental nannies”

  1. Robert Says:

    That’s why I have a couple hundred 100 watt incandscent bulbs stashed away in the attic.

  2. Bubblehead Les Says:

    Note to self: Stockpile Light bulbs, and buy more Ammo.

  3. GD Says:

    “energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs”?
    That’s funny.

  4. Weer'd Beard Says:

    I think you CAN pitch those in the regular trash, they’re just REALLY expensive.

  5. Bram Says:

    I’ll save my old mercury bulbs to throw at politicians.

  6. JKB Says:

    I’ve come up with the acronym for this and the low flow toilet mandate

    BUBAR – Bureaucratized Up Beyond All Reality

    As in Congress has another BUBAR with the ethanol mandate.

  7. Jake Says:

    Well, I paid $40 for my 60W-equivalent LED bulb, so that’s actually a reasonable price for a 100W-equivalent. But I chose to do so, because running incandescent bulbs in my house in the summer can get pretty uncomfortable. My home’s insulation is good enough that between my body heat and the heat from the lights the temperature in a room will normally go up at least 3-4 degrees in only a couple of hours.

    Once these 100W-equivalent bulbs hit the stores, I may pick up a few – one at a time, over the course of several months, since that’s all I can afford.

    But the choice needs to be mine, not the government’s.

  8. RC Says:

    As you are buying LED replacements dont bother looking at wattage. Use lumens as your reference. Wattage speaks to energy consumption, lumens to light output. Most of the xx watt replacement claims are inaccurate and provide much less light as a marketing scheme to make the cost appear to be a bit less. The same applies to CFL’s, but who would buy those pieces of junk anyway?

  9. Spade Says:

    You can just throw away a LED bulb and they last for freakin’ ever while drawing very little power.

  10. Jake Says:

    As you are buying LED replacements dont bother looking at wattage. Use lumens as your reference.

    Absolutely correct. But the biggest problem I find is that a lot of incandescent/halogen bulbs don’t list lumens at all – especially on some of the specialty bulbs. I still haven’t seen a 50W halogen GU-10 that lists it’s actual light output, though that could just be the brands that are carried around here.

  11. Chas Says:

    Soviet-style, central planning from the US Communist Congress.
    There is no good reason why consumers can’t be allowed to make choices in the marketplace themselves. I like incandescent bulbs in the winter because they’re warm. I use compact flourescents in the summer so the bulbs don’t fight the air conditioner.
    I don’t like commie pinheads dictating my choice.

  12. Hartley Says:

    LED lights ARE pretty good, though cramming them into incandescent-designed fixtures is a step in the wrong direction for sure.
    I find it interesting that the one thing they don’t mention in that article at all is the color of LEDs – which does NOT mimic the soft glow of incandescent at all – yes, they can make them “warmer”, but the shades of yellow or pink (sometimes with a greenish tint) are a bit of a turn-off.
    I have a cabin that runs on solar-charged 12 volts, and I’d LOVE to have good LED light fixtures with enough power to light up a room, but they don’t exist yet. 12V CFLs work OK, but in the winter, they are pretty puny until they warm up – which takes several hours after I get there and light the wood stove..:-)

  13. aeronathan Says:

    “The same applies to CFLís, but who would buy those pieces of junk anyway?”

    I put CFLs in the can lights under the eves of my house. I tried every high dollar outdoor super bulb I could get my hands on and they all died within 30 days.

    I put the CFLs in as a last resort because I was tired of climbing the damn ladder and they’ve been burning non-stop for almost a year now….

  14. Bryan S. Says:

    That price isnt bad, considering what it is. the equivalent flashlight (in light output) would probably run about $80+. High output LED lights are pricey, but pay for themselves in savings of electricity and savings of replacement bulbs.

  15. Douglas2 Says:

    Key line in the article:
    “Congress passed a law … mandating that bulbs producing 100 watts worth of light meet certain efficiency goals…”

    Note that this is only “general purpose” lamps, and only 30% more efficient — so incandescent lamps using the halogen cycle aren’t banned, not are “rough service” bulbs or bulbs with decorative shapes or tints.

    I suspect none of us will have any difficulty getting 100W incandescent bulbs if we want them, unless it is for commercial use in states with their own ban.

  16. redjeepgirl Says:

    Enter the 95 watt conventional bulb. Now available at various retailers. I don’t recall seeing this bulb prior to the ban. I’ve seen them at Lowes and Bi-Mart.

  17. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    CFLs, even the ones that are supposed to, don’t work with dimmers. I have dimmers. Lots of them. LEDs do work. I’ve experimented with them, so I know. Plus LEDs (should) last essentially forever. Going by ratings, the typical incandescent will last 1000 hours; an LED 50000. That’s worth 50x the price right there. But wait, there’s more! The energy savings is about 80%. That adds up pretty fast, too. Then realize the price will drop. Paid 1200 1980 dollars for a VCR lately? No? A much better one is available for 80 2011 dollars? Well, then. I still have enough incandescents to stun an ox, but as a geek I’m kinda excited about the LEDs.

  18. Ted N(not the Nuge) Says:

    The savings and stuff is all cool, and I understand the eventual price drop, but it should be the end user making the choice, not the turds in DC.

  19. Ted N(not the Nuge) Says:

    Even then, reading the comments, we switch over, the company starts to lose money, they just up the rates. No way to win this game.

  20. Robert Says:

    Depends on where the LED bulbs are made. If it’s china, then no way in hell am I buying any.

  21. Douglas2 Says:

    I’m blessed with a bunch of base-up unvented fixtures. I’m not putting a $50 lamp in one until I see lots of reports from others that it works just fine.

  22. Chris Funderburg Says:

    As luck would have it, they’ve just made a 100 watt equivalent LED bulb: http://inhabitat.com/switch-announces-worlds-first-100-watt-equivalent-led-bulb/

    I’d buy one of these just because of how cool it looks. :-)

  23. Paul Says:

    I wonder if one can protest by getting this HAZMAT 50 buck light bulbs by, after they burn out, tossing them in front of a federal building for disposal.

    I mean if they mandate it, let them dispose of it, right?

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