“Let There Be Light”

We, as Americans, have to come to accept new Federal regulations as something we just have to live with. I think that is changing now. Every time I ask someone if they realized that we would no longer be able to buy our regular cheap light bulbs after December, they would be astonished and upset. Yeah, I know it’s a small thing, but it illustrates the government’s control over the people. They say we can’t have cheap light bulbs. They say we must use the more energy efficient ones, even though they are a health hazard if broken, and much more expensive.

Many citizen groups have popped up trying to fight this, but Texas has decided to fight back.

State lawmakers have passed a bill that allows Texans to skirt federal efforts to promote more efficient light bulbs, which ultimately pushes the swirled, compact fluorescent bulbs over the 100-watt incandescent bulbs many grew up with.

The measure, sent to Gov. Rick Perry for consideration, lets any incandescent light bulb manufactured in Texas — and sold in that state — avoid the authority of the federal government or the repeal of the 2007 energy independence act that starts phasing out some incandescent light bulbs next year.
“Let there be light,” state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, wrote on Facebook after the bill passed. “It will allow the continued manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs in Texas, even after the federal ban goes into effect. … It’s a good day for Texas.”

Republicans in Congress have been fighting this as well.

Lawmakers say the repeal effort is a matter of principle. “From the health insurance you’re allowed to have, to the car you can drive, to the light bulbs you can buy, Washington is making too many decisions that are better left to you and your family,” Barton said in a statement.

Those that want the change say that it will save energy costs. Ok then, convince the American people of that, and let THEM decide.

I will add this. We have actually used the new bulbs for a while now. My husband is an energy saving fanatic, and always has been. This is my own personal experience with them. They stay dim for while before they brighten, which is a huge pain when you are trying to get ready in the morning or if you need to find something real fast in the kitchen or bathroom. I have not seen that they last that much longer than the regular bulbs. Since I don’t have young children in the house, I don’t worry about the breakage, but if I did, I would certainly worry. It’s very serious if they break.

The LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace the 100 watt light bulbs are projected to cost about $50 each, six times a regular light bulb. Proponents say that you will save more money though, through energy savings. I’m just not buying that with own my experience.

Update: A commenter corrected me on the different kind of bulbs:

“Just to set the record straight… The swirly, mercury-laden bulbs are “compact flourescent” (CFL), and LED bulbs don’t have the mercury problem. Some CFL’s light faster than others (I have one that’s pretty good) and LED’s are instant. In my experience CFL’s last much longer than incandescents; I have two CFL’s that have been going 10+ years and they’re on for several hours each day.”

The ones I’ve been using or CFL.

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