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Light Bulb Police

This reminds me. I have a business plan. I will start making 99 watt incandescent light bulbs. I need investors. Who’s with me?

19 Responses to “Light Bulb Police”

  1. Thirdpower Says:

    I’m in.

  2. Freiheit Says:


  3. wfgodbold Says:

    Close the 99 watt loophole!

  4. John Smith. Says:

    Me too…

  5. Justin Buist Says:

    You’d only be able to sell them for one extra year. The limits jump down to 75 watts and then 60 watts each year after 100 watt bulbs are dead.

    A better plan would be to come up with a non ANSI Type A* bulb socket, bulbs to match it, and an adapter from Type A to your new type that didn’t increase the overall size.

    Granted, if that caught on Congress would just ban them too.

    *: Or whatever the official name is for the socket type.

  6. alan Says:

    Just sell 100 watt heaters that happen to give off light.

  7. Jeff the Baptist Says:

    Alan is correct. Europe has the same sort of ban, so the bulbs are sold as 100W heat lamps.

  8. teke Says:

    I’m going to need some of those for my easy bake oven.

  9. ATLien Says:

    I say we get rid of Congress and keep the light bulbs.

  10. j t bolt Says:

    Sound like a pain. Scratching out the number 1 on each bulb and taking a very fine sharpie and drawing a little tail on the two zeros to make them look like nines…

  11. OHIO SHAWN Says:

    I’m with ATLien

  12. Will Says:

    Anyone notice there are now 57w bulbs on the market? Bought them at HDepo.

  13. Linoge Says:

    Where do I sign up? (Evil spamtrap.)

  14. Andrew Sarchus Says:

    Maybe an adapter to plug three smaller 33 1/3 watt bulbs in where the 100 watt bulb belongs?

    I remember seeing a similar deal with those crappy low flow shower heads.

  15. Andrew Sarchus Says:

    The thing that gets me is for most of the year my furnace is going to run a little longer to make up for the heat the new lower wattage bulbs are not putting out.

    Net energy savings? Roughly 0.

  16. Rustmeister Says:

    Hell, man, you could go $1.99 and still sell like crazy.

  17. emdfl Says:

    I wonder what the actual wattage is on a 100w/130volt bulb that is running on 108-115v?

  18. dbarrym Says:

    Already been done – my local Home Depot has 98 watt bulbs already in stock. But as mentioned, only for one more year.

    I have several years’ worth cached away.

    Stupid law.

  19. Cargosquid Says:

    A commenter on another site suggested when I mentioned your idea, “Make it 101 watts and call it a +1.”

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