-- Thomas Jefferson --
May I add, before He gave us life and liberty, He gave us light.
He knew what He was doing.
So, to celebrate the wonders bestowed upon us by a merciful and benevolent God, hold that incandescent light bulb high. To light! To liberty! To life!
As Incandescent Bulb Ban Looms, Opposition GrowsIt comes down to this: The United States government was never given the authority to ban our light bulbs. That, coupled with the fact that it was a hastily drawn, boneheaded move, requires that they ban their ban.
By David Hogberg, Investor's Business Daily
The incandescent bulb lit up America and came to symbolize a great idea. Now on the cusp of a federal ban, Thomas Edison's invention has become a symbol for personal liberty.
Perhaps no issue better illuminates the transformation of the right from Big Government conservatism to Tea Party activism.
With many consumers griping about the cost and type of light of the substitute bulb, populists have won the ear of some once-staunch ban supporters .
The Energy Bill of 2007 phases out incandescent bulbs, with the 100-watt banned in January 2012. The ban hits the 75-watt bulb in January 2013, and 60- and 40- watt bulbs in January '14.
Compact fluorescent lamp bulbs are more expensive than traditional bulbs, but use less energy and are supposed to last longer. Users should save money in the long term, supporters say.
But many Americans complain that the light from CFLs lacks the yellow warmth of incandescents and natural light. CFLs can take a long time to warm up as well.
Tests have shown that on-off use can reduce CFLs' life span significantly, sometimes even below that of an incandescent. CFLs also contain toxic mercury. [link]
And leave us to our lives.
Fiat lux! Let there be light!