House Expected to Repeal Light Bulb Ban

In 2007, Congress passed a law that created a de facto ban on the use of incandescent light bulbs. You know, those cheap, effective light bulbs we’ve used since Edison? The law was designed – by big-government lobbyists and environmentalists – to mandate the use of the more expensive, more profitable energy-efficient bulbs. They’re supposed to last 7 years but cost about 10 times more than the traditional light bulbs.

As with most fiats handed down by Washington, the losers are the American people.  Not only are the bulbs more expensive, they also potentially dangerous.  Both have created an uproar amongst the American people. The compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) flicker, which can cause seizures among people who are prone to them. The bulbs also contain mercury, which makes cleanup difficult and tedious if one breaks.

Beyond the potential health risks associated with these bulbs is the larger question of jobs and the economy. Most of these new bulbs are manufactured overseas, and the old incandescent bulbs have been discontinued in the U.S., costing thousands of jobs.

With unemployment now at 9.2%, how could Congress allow the decimation of this industry to continue?

There is hope for American consumers and the incandescent industry though. Next week, the House is expected to vote on H.R.2417, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act, which would reverse the de facto ban on such bulbs. This will not only help are manufacturing industry (which President Obama has conspicuously begun promoting recently), but will help cash-strapped Americans in the recession who need to tighten their belts wherever possible, and spending more on light bulbs just isn’t an option.

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5 thoughts on “House Expected to Repeal Light Bulb Ban

  1. I pray that this crazy bill can be repealed. I hate those little squirrely bulbs. My vision is getting bad & now they want to dim my lights? Typical!

    • Nice read and I hope this idiotic ban is repealed.

      Also, it’s not “are manufacturing industry “,
      it is “our manufacturing industry”. A poor vocabulary can make you less credible. Get a proofreader.

  2. So glad to hear that the House will be introducing a bill to that hopefully will reverse the ban on incandescent light bulbs. I’ve been stockpiling them so I won’t have to use those ridiculous CFLs and hopefully get some people back to work here in the USA.

  3. Ridiculous idea to ban incandescent light bulbs. CFLs will not work with all my dimmers. How will I save money by removing all the dimmers that are in use thorough out my 2 story home (average cost
    = $30.00 each x 12) than buy new switches plus those stupid looking inefficient compact fluorescent lamps. Guess I’ll have to replace my ceiling fans with attached light assemblies also. I also pray the House hears our plea.

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