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The Feds fail to see the light

Tom Purcell on

Edison’s once-cherished bulb has been on the endangered species list for years.

In 2007, reports Forbes, President Bush’s Energy Independence and Security Act “called for household light bulbs to have ‘about 25% greater efficiency.’”

Then in 2017 the Obama Administration added two new regulations that effectively would have phased out the making and sale of incandescent bulbs by January 2020.

President Trump gave the incandescent bulb new life by blocking Obama’s regulations, but then the Biden Administration blocked Trump’s block.

Therefore, as of Aug. 1, the incandescent light bulb — with the exception of appliance lights and bug lights — will slowly disappear from our daily lives.

Some conservative people have made a big fuss about the government giving Edison’s light bulb the death penalty, but, if the truth be told, it’s not the end of the world for most people.

 

Sure, consumers will have fewer choices and will have to spend more up front to buy long-lasting LEDs.

But LED bulbs have improved so much in recent years that half of U.S. households use them, according to the 2020 Residential Energy Consumption Survey.

I stopped using incandescent bulbs for indoor lighting on my own a few years ago. I replaced every bulb in my house with LEDs.

I also replaced the 500-watt halogen spotlights that could bake a turkey with commercial-grade LED spotlights.

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