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Say Goodbye To Your 40 Watt Incandescent Light Bulb 1/1/14

A Real Turn-off: Last Phase of Light Bulb Ban Takes Effect Jan. 1

http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/energy/item/17217-a-real-...

As Americans watch 2013 fade away, they must also bid a fond farewell to Thomas Edison’s most famous invention courtesy of Uncle Sam. Beginning January 1, Edison’s classic incandescent light bulb will essentially be banned in the country that gave it birth — all to please environmental and corporate lobbyists.

Under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, only bulbs that meet certain energy-efficiency standards may be manufactured in or imported into the United States. Incandescent bulbs cannot possibly meet those standards, and so they are, for all intents and purposes, prohibited.




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Newcandescent

Read an article on somebody producing incandescent light bulbs called newcandescent, rough service. Which meets the new standards, but produces the more traditional light. I haven't try them myself yet, but it maybe worth a try for those of you who cannot stand physically the CFLs or the LEDs.

Government gone wrong

When the Government takes away your right to choose...such as between a fluorescent or an incandesant bulb, that is evidence that the Government has lost its way.
The role of Government is to protect our freedoms, protect our privacy, our freedom of choice.
For over a hundred years...these old style bulbs are not harming the environment...no more than the newer ones.
Where is the voice of the people?
If the people want it...you must keep it.
What's going on here?

Mercury, migranes, and seisures

Besides the obvious dangers of mercury, the blinking pattern that makes florescent bulbs energy efficient stresses out your eyes (that's why bars and restaurants don't use them) and can cause migraines and likely seizures as well. I've only found a few studies on this and I'm not completely convinced by their findings that there is not a strong correlation. My wife occasionally experiences light auras followed by debilitating migranes only on days she is at work, where she is exposed to bright florescent lighting. Another friend at her workplace is epiliptic and since we've known him, has had all of his seisures, about 10 in 3 years, at work. I beleive that these bulbs are dangerous even if they are not broken, and even if you don't have migranes or seisures, it doesn't mean these bulbs don't have an effect on your health.

Past Experience

I used to have bad migraines years ago..changed my diet by eating organic foods and got rid of all the CFLs in my house. Have yet to experience another migrane =)

Sumptuary laws have long existed to the detriment

of ordinary citizens.

Laws dating back to the Romans restricted ordinary people in their expenditure. These were called Sumptuary Laws. The definition of the word Sumptuary is derived from the Latin word which means expenditure. English Sumptuary Laws were imposed by rulers to curb the expenditure of the people. Sumptuary laws might apply to food, beverages, furniture, jewelry and clothing. These Laws were used to control behaviour and ensure that a specific class structure was maintained.

http://www.lordsandladies.org/sumptuary-laws-middle-ages.htm

There is little difference between this law governing light bulbs, the Pure Food and Drug act of 1913 governing allowable foods and drugs, or Obamacare requiring us to purchase medical insurance. They simply are laws passed with the view that government can manage our lives better than we can. Of course they have countless excuses to justify denying us the freedom to make our own choices, but the reality is that government is nothing but force, and mostly incompetent in applying that force. Do you get the impression that we are all living in one big insane asylum, those in charge being the most insane, psychopathic among us?

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

I know a 15 watt bulb

Or 13 watt or whatever is better than a 60 watt and is easier on consumption but in my experience the olde bulbs are much easier on the eyes imo. The new ones are just not briht enough for me.

One 60 watt bulb is enough for a big room. Those new ones are good for hals and outdoors imo.

I think there should remain a choice since they are non toxic. Have long trm studies ben done on those new ones when they are used for a long time. Surely some of that toxicity would be released with the heat generated as the bulb expands imo.

donvino

Thinning the Herd

Since Job 1 of the Globalist/Illuminati is to remove as many people from the planet as possible, the switchover to the Mercury infested CFL crap would make sense to them.
I stocked up on the incandesants of 100, 60 & 40 watt varieties. Walmart still had them, so I bought.

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A CFL or LED won't make my

lava lamp function. Thanks, government, you're here to help!

I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.
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Perfect example of a fascist boondoggle ruined by technology

While government and industry was colluding to tighten the cartel by forcing anyone without capital to buy CFL manufacturing facilities and drive up prices.. LED technology has been made practical for home lighting.

CFL's are bad for the environment, overpriced, fragile, often don't fit into fixtures, true. But who would buy them when you can spend a little more and get a bulb that is extremely efficient, durable, and will last practically forever?

I'm sure the losses on CFL manufacturing won't put the fascists out of business but it does make me happy thinking about it.

Yeah this was an evil and stupid plan, but the market will fix this one.

heaters

They will be sold as electrical heaters. I think they cannot stop selling and using heater, can they?

Thomas Edison didn't event anything

He improved on the ideas of 22 other men who pioneered the light bulb before him... he simply figured out how to sell the light bulb, and he sold it by using government connections... so it is only appropriate if it dies by the same method.

Knights of Science, Nikola Tesla, Viktor Schauberger, Wilhelm Re

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa46SzoQAfE

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- "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."-- Mohandas Gandhi

why

Why hate on Thomas Edison? The Tesla fanboi trend is getting annoying.

You know what is more annoying?

The Thomas Edison this that and the other thing that everyone has been spouting for the last 5000 years of my life... get a clue

lol

Tesla was funded by JP Morgan himself and still went nowhere. Get a clue? Someone should have told Tesla to get a job.... or maybe just keep the one Edison hired him for.

This article poorly represents LED's

CFL are dumb, costly, and hazardous to your health and i don't know anyone who wants them, they r not most popular. LED's on the other hand r by far better then that of incandescent light bulbs with the exception of initial purchase, damn things will hurt your pocket initially. For some dumb reason the article compares 60 watt incandescent bulbs to 60 watt LED's which is an inaccurate and deceptive argument as its the 8 watt LED's that compete with the 60 watt incandescent bulb as the 8 watt LED is brighter and produces a warm color in the room which doesn't hurt the eyes to look at. Also LED's are an 1/8th the cost of incandescent bulbs on your electric bill. 6 and 8 watt LED's light a room, 60 watt LED lights a BIG backyard. Lastly LED's last between 15 to 25 years, 22 years if used 4 hours a day.

Not everything new is wrong

If you live in California look for the LED deals that SDGE is forced to give out due to a settlement made after getting caught ripping us off for 4 years.

Specialty bulbs are exempt

Specialty bulbs are exempt from the ban. They are generally better made and their prices reflect that. They should be on the market for some time to come.

Total misinformation by the news source, buy any incandescent

incandescent bulbs made in the USA

http://www.newcandescent.com

Be cool if we can have a nice post about this Indiana company to give them some business.

Legal incandescent light bulb company

Thanks for that info, joeinmo. But how bizarre, isn't it? That, here in America, a company would be advertising that it was a source from which to buy your regular old light bulbs "legally." It's crazy. I like your idea of making this availability known to more people via its own post. Just one thing. Reading a couple news stories about it ("Media" at the website), I noticed that they're a NJ company. One story mentioned that there was only one other company granted permission to produce these bulbs. Is that maybe an Indiana company? Anyway, I'd love to stay and chat, but I need to post a song over at the nightly jam session. :)
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When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I think

actual factory is Indiana, but you may be right it could be one of the two "alwowed" to make those bulbs

If that is so...

then I will hit all the dollar stores and clean them out of 40 and 60 watt bulbs...a lifetime supply...let me get my calculator.

How messed up is this?!...

I use a 60 watt incandescent to provide a bit of heat in my well house to keep my pipes from freezing. Guess I could use a halogen heat lamp instead (which obviously consumes way more energy) but alas, I get my electricity from solar power & it would drain my system. Guess I'll also have to toss my outdoor fixtures that only work with incandescents. More sh*t for the landfill...how 'environmentally conscious'!...Not like I'm contributing to consumption in the collective sense since my system is totally self-contained. Yeesh!

A 60 watt rough service bulb

A 60 watt rough service bulb (exempt from the ban) will be a suitable substitution for that application.

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How Dangerous are the CFLs? DANGEROUS!!!!!

Here's my personal testimony.

Every morning I sit at my kitchen table drinking coffee, reading mags, or news, contemplating what I'll do that day (self-employed). Directly above where I sit is a hanging light with a shade. About 2 years ago I replaced the regular light bulb with a "engery saving" CFL.

I'm not too sure how long after doing so I developed bloody crusty scabs inside my nose, as if I had a nasal infection or something. It was so distracting, I'd have to clean my nose from the crusties that seem to build up daily. Bloody "crusties". Weird.

I'd wake up in the morning and before getting out of bed, blow the crusties out that had built up overnite. It was just weird.

I knew this was not good. I just couldn't keep "picking" at the crusties. Husband wanted me to go to a doctor. I refused. I never felt sick or anything. I resorted to cleaning my nose out with Q-tips soaked in liquid vitamin E, thinking it would help heal it.

Occasionally I would go a week without much of the crusties, but then they would come back just as bad. At this point, I'm trying to figure out what the heck is causing it. Food allergies? Did I clean with a chemical whose fumes might be causing it. I went thru a whole list of things. Was it pollen? Dog hair? What?

I tried changing things in my life, but nothing hindered them from returning. This went on for two years.

Then last summer (2013)I was reading something about the CFL lights while sitting at the table under one of them in that hanging lamp.

I looked up at that lamp and saw one of those curly Q light bulbs, CFL energy saving mercury filled pieces of "crap".

I gasped. I immediately turned it off, hopped up on the table and unscrewed that thing, took it outside and popped in the garbage bin.

Within THREE DAYS all my bloody crusties had disappeared! OMG! I went thru the entire house and got rid of every one of them that I found!

Lord knows what other things in my body could be affected from 2 years of sitting under that light bulb. One stinking light bulb!

GET RID OF THEM OUT OF YOUR HOUSE, IT IS NOT HEALTHY AND NOT WORTH A FEW CENTS THEY MIGHT SAVE YOU!!! Go stock up on the incandescents!

Too bad I didn't go to a Doctor so I'd have a "professional" backer to verify the light bulb caused my problem. But then again, that MD would probably have me on some BS medication to cover the symptoms.

Health dangers of compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL's)

What a terrible story. I don't know how these people sleep at night. It's lucky you figured it out when you did. I found this tidbit interesting:

"A new study shows that CFL bulbs also emit high levels of ultraviolet radiation—specifically, UVC and UVA rays. In fact, the UV rays are so strong that they can actually burn skin and skin cells. Experts say the radiation could initiate cell death and cause skin cancer in its deadliest form—melanoma.

In every bulb the researchers tested, they found that the protective phosphor coating of the light bulb was cracked, allowing dangerous UV rays to escape. Healthy skin cells exposed to CFLs showed a decrease in their proliferation rate, an increase in the production of reactive oxygen species, and a decrease in ability to contract collagen." http://www.anh-usa.org/compact-fluorescent-light-bulbs-a-new...

By the way, in addition to eliminating a cause of cancer, if you had any of your lamps on a dimmer switch, you may also have averted a house fire. http://www.dailypaul.com/270001/time-for-my-nightly-jam-sess...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

gone???

heh-heh...
google 'heat balls'...
**giggle**

lol

I'm gonna buy me some heat balls.

It is true..

So I can confirm with my local hardware store that 40w incandescent bulbs will cease to be in production. Good news is halogen bulbs will still be around. Just started stacking..better late than never.