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The free market operates by offering incentives to consumers to change their behavior. Cutting prices, advertising and developing new products redirect the public’s impulses in a natural, painless way. The government, on the other hand, has no passion or patience for this sort of thing.

Words like “must,” “shall,” and “mandate” pepper the texts of laws like Obamacare. The incandescent light-bulb ban, which goes into effect in March, is another case in point. The bulbs aren’t officially banned, just artificially obsolete. As part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Congress mandated that light bulbs have 25 percent greater efficiency, phased in starting in 2012 and continuing until 2014. The law also includes a slew of mandates on appliances and energy use in federal buildings.

A 310-page masterpiece of micromanagement, the law was promoted heavily by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Democrat, and signed by President George W. Bush. The bill was driven by a consortium of manufacturers that stand to profit from forcing people to buy more expensive bulbs and fixtures, plus the environmental lobby, which likes to pretend government regulations can lower the planet’s temperature.

Alarmed at the prospect of being forced by law to purchase expensive, squiggly compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs instead of cheap, warm incandescent bulbs, Americans complained loudly. In the face of a popular revolt, Congress pushed the start date back to October 2012 and defunded enforcement of efficiency standards as part of the 2012 and 2013 appropriations bills.

However, seeing the writing on the wall, manufacturers began phasing out incandescents. The last major General Electric factory that made them closed in Winchester, Va., in September 2010, putting 200 people out of work. One hundred-watt bulbs are already gone in some stores.

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  1. cfm990

    December 29th, 2012

    Coming soon.
    Fish is evil!
    The outbreak of mercury poisoning, will never be attributed to light bulbs.
    Therefore.
    FISH IS EVIL.

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  2. F.D.R. in Hell

    December 29th, 2012

    I’d get a comment from either Tom Edison or George Westinghouse, but they’re still arguing over “Which is better – A.C. or D.C.?” and who invented the Electric Chair.

    Tesla isn’t here, for obvious reasons.

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  3. Edith McCrotch

    December 29th, 2012

    and now we get to pay a costly enviroMENTAL impact fee to get rid of these mercury laced CFL bulbs….or better yet…..

    just put them in your local hippie-enviro-progtard’s recycle bin.

    heh-heh.

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  4. Jethro

    December 29th, 2012

    I bought 4-5 years worth of 60 watt incandescent bulbs a few years back, when they were still commonly available. I hope that is enough until LED bulbs are reliable and cheap due to competition. I won’t buy the CFLs.

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  5. MaryfromMarin

    December 29th, 2012

    @Jethro–

    You should see my garage. All sizes, boxes full. No CFL’s will darken the door, chez MfM.

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  6. Rio

    December 29th, 2012

    Incandescent Light bulbs requested to be evenly divided in my will.

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  7. grayscape

    December 29th, 2012

    CFL’s are garbage, not designed to be turned on/off. LED’s are great but a bit pricey for now.

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  8. FreedomCat

    December 29th, 2012

    I’m going to buy a bunch and smash them on my liberal neighbor’s lawns. Let THEM own it.

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  9. jwb

    December 30th, 2012

    Our home burned down due to CFL’s. Poorly designed, the curly glass easily develops microcracks which leads to the ballast overheating and sparking–fire hazards.

    And the light emitted may be hazardous to our health: http://www.aei-ideas.org/2012/07/another-reason-to-unban-the-bulb/

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  10. eternal cracker p

    December 30th, 2012

    I can’t stand florescent lighting. Literally my vision simply doesn’t work. When I’m in a public place lit by florescent lights, I’m OKAY for distances over 5-6 feet, but any closer and there is a serious problem, I can’t read, can’t focus, literally might as well be blind to some degree… I’ve resorted to carrying around a pair of glasses to overcome some of the problems. Someone said it is the frequency in which they operate versus a “traditional” bulb. Whatever the case is, if you run a public place that is trying to make money — and save money — by using florescent bulbs, count me out of your scheme…. and it SUCKS too cause there are a lot of places I love to go… but I can’t see!!!!

    5 cases of 75w and 60w incandescents are in the wings. I don’t dig on 100w+.. never had a use for them, when something needs to be bright go with metal halide.

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  11. eternal cracker p

    December 30th, 2012

    and yea, I got an arsenal of 45watt PAR-38′s in halogen. It is IMPOSSIBLE to find a less-bright form factor in CFL or LED…. PAR-38′s are “required” for certain places in my house where 45 watts is the perfect brightness…. I used to buy them for $3 per bulb about 8 years ago. Last recent check they were up to $10.50 each. Still cheaper than the rest but obviously getting more expensive via supply/demand/regulation.

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  12. JimBob

    December 30th, 2012

    I have a 200 watt bulb that lights the garage, doubtful any of the fake bulbs would be that bright.

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  13. eternal cracker p

    December 30th, 2012

    Whatever, if they blow me on CFL, I’ll make up the difference with my 1500 watt heater that doesn’t emit jack shit for light.

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  14. J Galt

    December 30th, 2012

    Galt Castle in Galtville is heated and lighted at the same time by 100% efficient 100 watt heat and light emitting globes.

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