Free our Light

The ban on standard incandescent bulbs was included in comprehensive legislation passed by a Democratic-controlled Congress and signed into law by Republican George W. Bush in 2007. The ban will go into effect next year, but the legislation can still be stopped. Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) has recently introduced H.R. 91, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act to amend the original bill, removing the anti-light bulb provisions. Your signatures will be compiled and sent to the Congressmen in your state.


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3 Responses to Free our Light

  1. Richard+Morrison says:

    I am strongly against the ban on incandescent light bulbs in the near future. I have tried the new bulbs in two locations and find their claims on energy savings and span of life to be unsubstantiated. The life of the new bulbs approach the stated claim only if they are left on 24hrs/day. That is an impractical use. Secondly, by using them continuously the cost of energy is exceeded. Not only are they unattractive, they simply do not come close to meeting the claimed benefits. Nor do these bulbs imported from China possess the safety from electrical shortage and fires. Bring back the incandescent light bub technology and industry to the United States!

    • You’ve made the same discovery I have regarding these lights. Be careful using them. If they break the mercury inside them is a hazardous waste. For more on GE, maker of the bulb, read this story “Immelt is the Perfect Pick.” If you click on the Public Policy link on the right side of my blob and scroll down a page or so, you will find out what kind of leader the pres has picked to serve him. You may recall when jack Welch turned GE over to Immelt GE was selling at $40/share. Immelt’s leadership push the price down to $20.

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. peterdub says:

    I have extensively covered the light bulb regulation issue,
    including the overall small savings,
    and the unpublicised industrial politics behind the ban, with documentation

    Also a comparison between free market, taxation and regulation policies,
    including to achieve energy efficiency

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