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Itís Lights Out for Obama-Era Bulb Ban That Would Have Curbed Consumer Choice
The Daily Signal ^ | September 05, 2019 | Nicolas Loris

Posted on 09/05/2019 3:01:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Department of Energy announced this week that it’s withdrawing the Obama administration’s 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 Department’s decision to withdraw energy-efficiency standards for candle-shaped, globe-shaped, three-way and reflector lightbulbs is a victory for consumer choice.

Whether it’s 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 Energy’s action argue that continuing to use energy-inefficient lights will cost households $100 annually in higher energy costs.

But here’s the good news: There’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailysignal.com ...


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1 posted on 09/05/2019 3:01:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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2 posted on 09/05/2019 3:02:46 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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3 posted on 09/05/2019 3:03:00 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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4 posted on 09/05/2019 3:04:21 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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And another aspect of the Obama legacy dims.

{snicker}


5 posted on 09/05/2019 3:07:26 PM PDT by TomGuy
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I had one of those Addams Family light bulbs back in the 1960s. Along with The Thing hand bank.


6 posted on 09/05/2019 3:07:27 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (A big mouth doesn't make a big man.~John Wayne)
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Well-stated.


7 posted on 09/05/2019 3:09:27 PM PDT by PGalt
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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.


8 posted on 09/05/2019 3:10:10 PM PDT by VanDeKoik ( In heap big peace pipe)
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Thank God, those energy efficient ones are expensive as Hades. good bye and good riddence


9 posted on 09/05/2019 3:11:06 PM PDT by txnativegop (The political left, Mankinds intellectual hemlock)
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nicely played.


10 posted on 09/05/2019 3:11:37 PM PDT by txnativegop (The political left, Mankinds intellectual hemlock)
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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 ...


11 posted on 09/05/2019 3:12:41 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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The corkscrew bulbs sucked and contained mercury oxide. ‘So much safer’. But I’m done with incandescent too. Been using LED for years. Muy Bueno. Plus prices are way down on them.


12 posted on 09/05/2019 3:13:53 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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Up next, full sized flush toilets?


13 posted on 09/05/2019 3:14:17 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Liberalism is the belief everyone else should be in treatment for your disorder.)
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So we can buy incandescent bulbs again?


14 posted on 09/05/2019 3:14:36 PM PDT by wastedyears (The left would kill every single one of us and our families if they knew they could get away with it)
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15 posted on 09/05/2019 3:16:37 PM PDT by rktman ( #My2ndAmend! ----- Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
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16 posted on 09/05/2019 3:17:06 PM PDT by gibsonguy
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17 posted on 09/05/2019 3:20:09 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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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.


18 posted on 09/05/2019 3:22:29 PM PDT by Truth29
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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.


19 posted on 09/05/2019 3:23:40 PM PDT by be-baw
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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.


20 posted on 09/05/2019 3:24:14 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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