Skip to comments.Itís Lights Out for Obama-Era Bulb Ban That Would Have Curbed Consumer Choice
Posted on 09/05/2019 3:01:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The Department of Energy announced this week that its withdrawing the Obama administrations energy-rationing mandate for certain lightbulbs.
Opponents criticized the rule change, arguing that the move would be bad for consumers and the climate. The reality, however, is that families and businesses will be better off, and the change will have a negligible impact on the environment.
The Energy Departments decision to withdraw energy-efficiency standards for candle-shaped, globe-shaped, three-way and reflector lightbulbs is a victory for consumer choice.
Whether its buying a lightbulb or a new car, families have different preferences and needs. They consider the various trade-offs in products and face different budget constraints.
When Washington forces energy-rationing mandates on consumers, the federal government takes those choices away or at the very least overrides their preferences.
Critics of the Department of Energys action argue that continuing to use energy-inefficient lights will cost households $100 annually in higher energy costs.
But heres the good news: Theres no mandate forcing families or businesses to use inefficient lighting. Consumers can voluntarily replace inefficient bulbs with more efficient ones if they so choose.
The practices of being resourceful and saving money are intuitive, which means that the economy does not need mandates or rebate programs to nudge families into making decisions the government thinks are best for consumers.
In fact, many families and businesses are switching over to LED bulbs because of the cost savings.
According to the National Manufacturing Electric Association, The general service LED bulb now accounts for approximately 70 percent of the shipments in the general service lamp category.
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And another aspect of the Obama legacy dims.
I had one of those Addams Family light bulbs back in the 1960s. Along with The Thing hand bank.
I completely forgot about that.
Meh. I switched to LEDs because they got better, and came down in price to where I can buy an unopened box at garage sales for a buck. Didnt really care about any eco stuff.
Thank God, those energy efficient ones are expensive as Hades. good bye and good riddence
a day late and a dollar short: LED bulbs have finally been improved to the point that one can buy high quality LED bulbs of brightness equal to incandescents as well as color profiles equal to incandescents (3500K), though i now prefer the 3000K bulbs. likewise one can buy high output 3000K 4’ & 8’ fluorescent tubes that put out more lumens/watt than LEDs ...
The corkscrew bulbs sucked and contained mercury oxide. So much safer. But Im done with incandescent too. Been using LED for years. Muy Bueno. Plus prices are way down on them.
Up next, full sized flush toilets?
So we can buy incandescent bulbs again?
Dont get me started
Nanny State PING!
If the past few years I have gone through two sets of expensive LED flat panel sets with integrated fixtures on my garage. In both cases, they lasted just over a year and the electronics failed. I have now gone back to simple incandescent bulb mounts on a timer that are working much better.
I’ve yet to find a decent LED bulb for a standard table lamp. Most produce approximately the lumens of a 60 W incandescent, and l’ve yet to find a decent and reliable equivalent to a 100 W incandescent.
Even a 100 W incandescent is less than desirable for me. I’ve always had a problem with 3 way incandescents. The bright setting seldom lasts more than a couple hours, then you’re stuck with an expensive 60 W bulb.
I can get LEDs these days at the dollar store. Still happy to see choice allowed back again.
As for Uncle Fester....the actor, Jackie Coogan helped lynch a man they broke out of jail back when California had a little wild west still in her.
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