For some this is old news. But for others of us, it's just another major annoyance being brought to us compliments of our government. But I need to rant so...
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
BAN THE BULB
As is normally the case with legislation, this law covers a lot of things. But here is the essence of the short term regulations placed on light bulbs by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007:
Light bulbs from 40 watts through 100 watts must be 25% more efficient, by the following dates:
- The beginning of 2012 for 100 watt bulbs
- The beginning of 2013 for 75 watt bulbs
- The beginning of 2014 for 40 and 60 watt bulbs
Since most current incandescent bulbs do not meet this standard, this effectively bans them as of the above dates.
Okay, okay...the 100 watt bulbs are still available due to ANOTHER act of Congress, so they are available through October 1, 2012.
Thank you very much, Congress. Have you ever taken your head out from where the sun doesn't shine and seen the effects of some of what you are doing?
Ranchers, Farmers, Homeowners depend on incandescent light bulbs and not just for light
|Typical Heat Lamp used by farmers|
I suppose we could get around the eventual ban by just boosting the wattage of the bulbs we use but most of our fixtures aren't designed for (or wired for) that higher wattage so we'd be creating a fire hazard and in some places we just don't go to very often. Strange, 100 watt light bulbs won't be sold but 150 watt ones will!
I have seen many reasons why governments around the world want to ban the incandescent bulb (actually only specific types and wattages--you'll still be able to have one in your refrigerator or in your chandelier even after the ban takes effect). The main reason keeps going back to energy efficiency (although I have seen global warming and greenhouse gas emissions - related to global warming - as alternative reasons). Energy efficiency is a wonderful thing--who wouldn't mind seeing their electric bill go down by a couple of dollars? And multiplied by all the people in the world who use the original light bulb, gazillions of dollars/euros/yen will be saved and a whole lot of energy, too. But to outright ban a tool useful and necessary is just plain dumb.
There is legislation pending that will ban the ban but it is unlikely to be passed. So, in the meantime, I know we will be stocking up on 100 watt light bulbs (again) in the near future. If the legislators keep their heads where they are normally, I don't have to worry about Big Brother watching.