Lights Out For America's Favorite Light Bulb

When industry and environmental groups claim that a regulation will solve all problems, consumers beware. It's probably green cronyism in disguise.


Incandescent light bulb

Happy New Year, America! Your favorite light bulb is now illegal.

Well, sort of. As of January 1, U.S. businesses can no longer manufacture or import "general service" incandescent bulbs—the most popular light bulbs in America. Consumers can still buy and use them while supplies last, but the remaining inventory won't be around for long. Home Depot says it will be out of the bulbs within six months. Some consumers have started to stockpile.

It's all part of the energy efficiency standards mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The law already killed off the 100-watt incandescent bulb in 2012, followed by the 75-watt bulb in 2013. Now, in the final step of the phaseout, the minimum efficiency standards have effectively banned the ubiquitous 40- and 60- watt light bulbs.

The ban is crony capitalism in its most seductive form—when it's disguised as green.

Major light bulb manufacturers supported the ban from the outset. The profit margin on old-style bulbs was pitifully low, and consumers just weren't buying the higher-margin efficiency bulbs. New standards were needed, a lobbyist for the National Electrical Manufacturing Association told Congress in 2007, "in order to further educate consumers on the benefits of energy-efficient products."

So Philips Electronics and other manufacturers joined with environmental groups to push for tighter lighting standards. As the New York Times Magazine explained in 2011, "Philips told its environmental allies it was well positioned to capitalize on the transition to new technologies and wanted to get ahead of an efficiency movement that was gaining momentum abroad and in states like California." After much negotiation, a classic "bootleggers-and-Baptists" coalition was born. Industry and environmental groups agreed to endorse legislation to increase lighting efficiency by 25 to 30 percent.

Incandescent light bulbs, we're told, are vastly inferior to the newfangled alternatives available today. The compact fluorescents lamps (CFLs), LEDs, and halogen bulbs are an apparent no-brainer: They last longer and convert much more of their energy into light rather than heat, all while cutting back on your energy bill. (So, of course, the government must stop you from ever making the mistake of choosing the traditional bulbs.)

Except many consumers aren't buying it. The EPA estimates that, of the four billion light-bulb sockets in United States, more than three billion still hold incandescent bulbs. "By 2014, the traditional incandescent light bulbs… will be virtually obsolete," claimed a 2007 press release from former Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the ban's original sponsor. But according to the latest industry data, incandescents still make up nearly 65 percent of all U.S. light-bulb shipments.

Many consumers are turned off by the higher upfront costs of the alternatives. A single 40-watt LED bulb costs $7.50 or more, while a traditional incandescent bulb goes for around 40 cents. Some are finding that the CFLs don't last nearly as long as their supporters claim—especially if they are switched on and off frequently, or if they are attached to a dimmer switch.

The list of complaints about the "efficient" bulbs goes on: They are often slow to respond, sensitive to high temperatures, and can cast a harsh and unattractive tone. CFLs also contain a small amount of mercury, which requires extensive and careful cleanup when a bulb breaks.

And they may not be saving us much energy after all. The typical U.S. home uses no less energy per capita than it did in the 1970s, despite an onslaught of efficiency standards for everything from refrigerators and televisions to the amount of power consumed when appliances are in "standby mode." The money saved in the long run by using these appliances is often spent on even more power-sucking gadgets. And if light bulbs cost less to use, why not just leave the lights on longer?

The light-bulb ban is an example of how political coalitions are formed to force regulations on the general public that benefit a few large producers. A recent survey found that six out of every ten Americans are still in the dark about the latest bulb ban. Meanwhile, the dimwitted light-bulb policy just became the law of the land. The lesson here is straightforward: When industry and environmental groups claim that a regulation will solve all problems, consumers beware. It's probably green cronyism in disguise.

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  1. I managed to snag a couple boxes of 60-watt bulbs. Really wish I could find at least a few 100-watt.

    I sit under fluorescent lights all day. I’ll pay higher power bills, and smuggle light bulbs, to not have to sit under them at home.

    I don’t even have much trouble with LED or halogen, aside from price.

    1. Halogen is great, but those are also on the hit list, EU wants to phase them out by 2016. Tried LEDs for the living room, expensive, cold light, and they seemed to fade after a while, maybe just a shitty brand.

      1. I bought a couple of Cree LED 60-watt equivalent bulbs for an overhead fixture as an experiment (in a room that I have lots of computer equipment in, so the waste heat of incandescents is a negative anyway). They have a 10-year warranty!

        Expensive as hell, but I like them so far. The light is surprisingly good, maybe just slightly greenish (but not as bad as nearly all fluorescents). The Cree bulbs, from what I hear, take quite a number of hours to hit the 70% luminance point, thus the 10-year warranty.

      2. Look up the Phillips Slimstyle LED. 2700K color temperature very closely approximates and incandescent and a 60W equivalent can be had for

      3. Comment was cut off. The Phillips slimstyle LED can be had for less than $10 at common retailers like Home Depot and Lowes.

      4. They will be banned on tier 2 204-2017 regulation 45 lm/W minimum final rule
        There will also be a tier 3 by 2020 according to Dept of Energy factsheet
        (details freedomlightbulb org)

      5. RE USA law now and in the future

        72 W for 100W Halogens etc will be banned on tier 2 regulation

        Exempted 3 way and other bulbs have sales monitoring (if sales double, they will be banned also)

        Texas have legalised the incandescents, Gov Perry has passed a law.

      6. LEDs will never fully make sense unless people start putting low voltage wiring systems in their new homes (in addition to the normal voltage wiring). Until then, they seem kind of ridiculous in fixtures that were designed for 120 volt incandescent bulbs.

    2. I stockpiled a bunch of 100s when I read about the impending ban.

      Maybe bootleg some in from Mexico or Canada?

    3. I’ve got several boxes of 100-watt bulbs. Stocked up a few years ago, and they’re not burning out as fast as the banners say they will.

      What are you willing to pay? Muahahahahah.

    4. I have a ceiling light with limited space that needs at least a 100-watt bulb. No will those curly things fit.

      I stocked up – then just bought more 100-watt halogens – wasn’t sure if those were being banned or not.

      1. Your fan will probably overheat the halogen bulbs or something. 100 watt minimum means 100 watts.

        1. Something doesn’t sound right. More watts is more current which means a smaller resistance.

    5. The law phased the 100 watts out first, then 75, then 60.

  2. , and can cast a harsh and unattractive tone

    I don’t knwo where you’re buying your CF bulbs, but the worst light I’ve seen is that seeping yellow-brown puddle of barely-lit space provided from a 60-watt incandescent. 100watt incandescents almost cast usable light, but burn too hot for practicality.

    I have no issue with the rest of the article, but I personally chose CFs because I could see better with the color of light they gave off.

    1. Heathen blasphemer outcast! Bring me his cute neighbor on a plate!

      I mean, that’s why “one size fits all” doesn’t.

    2. I like the yellowy “blanco suave” light. It goes well with the early American aesthetic I like.

    3. And the heat, I don’t mind it with the poor wintertime functional efficiency that the duct systems in parts of most homes have.

  3. I’m happy with the soft white LEDs/ They don’t really come in higher than 60 w equivalents. I did get a 4 pack of 100W incandescents for the Easy Bake Oven. My daughter still uses the one I bought her in 2006. She’d put it in her school locker if she could.

  4. I hate CFLs with a passion.
    Halogen bulbs, last I knew, depended on a load of heat. Except for today (shiver) I’m not usually looking for extra heat in the house.
    That leaves LED bulbs. I’ll look at them better once the “daylight” 60-w equivalent bulb prices start coming down. $15 apiece makes me glad I have a few dozen old “vibration duty” incandescent bulbs stored away while the rest of the country suffers through the adjustment.

    1. Look at the Phillips slimstyle LED. Less than $10 for a 60W equivalent. Pretty impressive when you see them in person.

  5. So Philips Electronics and other manufacturers joined with environmental groups to push for tighter lighting standards. When industry and environmental groups claim that a regulation will solve all problems, consumers beware, writes Shawn Regan.

    Sounds like the great CFC/Freon caper of the 20th century all over again.

  6. You know we can make arguments against banning of CFL’s purely on the fact that it tramples consumer choice without relying on disingenuous arguments.

    And they may not be saving us much energy after all. The typical U.S. home uses no less energy per capita than it did in the 1970s, despite an onslaught of efficiency standards for everything from refrigerators and televisions to the amount of power consumed when appliances are in “standby mode.” The money saved in the long run by using these appliances is often spent on even more power-sucking gadgets. And if light bulbs cost less to use, why not just leave the lights on longer?

    First of all I don’t see how this proves CFL’s don’t save energy. They use a fraction of the power of an incandescent. Secondly, its quite possible that energy use hasn’t decreased because Americans are far more reliant on electricity now than they were in the 70’s.

    1. against banning of incandescents**

    2. Libertarians would do well to argue the correct issue on this light bulb ban. Don’t take of the false arguments about energy use or the best bulb. The proper argument is individual rights. It is my life and my money, let me buy whatever I want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. Environmentalist use a collectivist argument when they say you are hurting society by using a less energy efficient light bulb. It isn’t their business–it my business between the light manufacturer and distributor and me spending money on what I value. This is not the largest most deleterious violation of individual rights, but its part of the unrelenting pattern toward tyranny.

      God, I wish I could get these statists out of my life.

      1. Amen to all that.

      2. Well said.

      3. You echo my sentiments exactly. Too bad the Fascists are winning. Taking over every aspect of our lives at an alarming rate.

      4. Perfectly stated.

      5. Many of them actually state out loud that government regulations stimulate the economy so they are a good thing for business.

      6. The consumption of electricity and the methods of producing it are not solely a transaction between you and a light bulb seller. Energy efficiency is a social concern. This is all the more the case when we’re using nonrenewable energy production technologies–which you guys loudly advocate keeping around as long as possible and then some.

        1. I doubt you understand physics, but a 100w incandescent produces about 300btu of heat. A room requires 5000 to 10000btu of heat energy to increase the temperature 20 degrees f. It is 50 degrees or below nine months out of the year where I live. So I’m paying 20 times the price for lighting for literally no reason.

        2. Clearly, light bulb bans are the only way.

        3. This is all the more the case when we’re using nonrenewable energy production technologies–which you guys loudly advocate keeping around as long as possible and then some.

          If you had read anything on this website, you’d realize that we advocate getting government subsidies and regulations out of the way and let the best/most economical technology win.

          Of course, that means that a few big business might go under and we can’t have that can we? We gotta have subsidies and regulations in place to protect them and their donations to the Democratic-Republican establishment.

          1. Barely audible lip service. This is a Koch-backed enterprise dude. By this I mean libertarianism.

            1. This is Tony’s declaration of intellectual bankruptcy.

              Like the rest of the leftoids, he doesn’t possess the self-awareness to know it.

        4. If you are concerned with emissions (actual harmful pollutants such as sulfur and mercury), then deal with them at their source, not by fucking with stuff down the chain. If you are bitching about CO2, then fuck you. If it is something about the economics you don’t like, then also fuck you.

      7. But it’s not your life. That should be obvious. I actually knew a woman who argued that we are owned by the collective and not by ourselves.

    3. Let’s look at this as an engineer would(since I is one.

      How many of the light bulbs in your home are in closets where they are on for a few minutes a day? There is no significant energy savings in these applications and what little savings there may be will never repay the increased cost of the CFL. Traditional incandescent bulbs are very cost effective here.

      Also consider, in climates where you heat a significant portion of the year, the “savings” you get from using CFL will actually increase your use of home heating systems. Probably not going to be very cost effective here either.

      In applications where the light is switched often, the CFL life is reduced by as much as 80% meaning that it again will never save enough to pay back it’s own increased cost. Keep in mind too, that a portion of that increased cost is the increased energy it takes to manufacture devices!

      It is not that CFLs, Halogen, and LED bulbs are not a good thing, it is that they are, like most devices, suitable for some applications and not for others. Using them across the board is not going to save money, or energy when you consider the increased energy required to manufacture them.

      1. They also don’t last nearly as long as claimed. I only got 7000 hours out of a 70 blue led fixture running from straight DC (didn’t have any AC/DC converters built in). An incandescent last about 2000 hours.

        Materials: incandescent bulbs have five parts, tungsten, aluminum, glass, gas, and phosphor. LEDs contain GaN, acrylic, phosphor, alumina (thermal board), doping agents for the GaN, plastic, aluminum (heatsink), solder, and the various switching converter parts to make it work on ac. They are not nearly as green as claimed, it’s cash for clunkers all over again.

      2. Personally, I like LED’s, but I don’t use them in closets & the attics, just because it makes no economic sense.

        Furthermore, while I haven’t had a problem with LED’s, even the name brand CFL’s get dim over time. Noticeably dimmer after a couple thousand hours. And the no-name brand CFL’s are just crap, often completely failing after a year or so.

      3. Home heating systems, whether natural gas or electric (or even primitive shit like bunker oil and stoves) are always far more economical than relying on light bulbs for heat. The problem is, centralized heating systems don’t always heat all parts of your house completely effectively. You might have a length of duct that travels above an uninsulated garage before it reaches a bedroom. In that case, the heat off the light bulb at least provides somewhat of an auxiliary heating boost in the room that it is in.

        1. It’s still a terrible way to heat. If you have to use electricity to heat, then you need to use it to drive a heat pump. And just remember that any beneficial waste heat in the winter is detrimental waste heat in the summer.

        2. I don’t know, light bulbs produce a lot of heat and a small amount of light, while a central heater has to spin a blower motor. The light bulb is 100% efficient in utility while the blower motor uses energy to distribute that could be heating the house.

  7. Legal here in Quebec.

    For now.

    Though I think the tyrants are phasing them out.

    1. Probably because “CFL” isn’t French.

      1. But LCF (Ligue Canadienne de Football) is!

        1. There’s something un-American about a 55-yard line. Or a 50 meter line. Or whatever.

    2. Time for me to take up the trade of my forefathers. Whose up for a smuggling ring?

  8. Are there any government regulations that aren’t a matter of politicians taking care of their cronies by passing along the spoils of raping and pillaging our wallets?

    It’s cronyism all the way down.

    It would be amusing, if it wasn’t so expensive and sad. Those evil corporations the left loves to demonize are who writes the checks to the scumbag politicians. More regulations mean more opportunity for graft. Rather than worrying about the money spent in campaigns, all we need to do is remove the reasons corporations have for buying politicians. Less regulations, less opportunity for graft. So easy to easy even a caveman could see it or hell even Stevie Wonder…

    1. People don’t acknowledge it because of true-believer syndrome, mendacity, or some combination of the two.

    2. I know it, but you’re more likely to make progress by banging your head against the wall than you are by explaining that to them.

  9. You know that the idea of limited government is a joke when that government declares the international symbol for a good idea to be illegal.

    1. I predict that, rather than make it illegal, government will require it to be the international symbol for a *bad* idea.

    2. Good one…

  10. How can corporations who determine a product’s profit margins are ‘too tight’ be able to ban it? If this be the case, imagine what grocers can do! They exist on but low margins and make coin off volume.

  11. the idea of limited government is a joke

    It is? That leaves us with the choice of more government, none at all, or stark nihilism.
    And, of course, sarcasm.

    1. And, of course, sarcasm.

      What do you mean? Everyone knows that if you don’t want government to do something, that you don’t want that something to be done at all. And furthermore if you don’t want government to do something, the you don’t want government to do anything at all. Like, duh, and stuff.

  12. Go to, and get an led bulb for 2$. There is competition out there.

    1. Wow, only 5 times what I’m paying now. And I get shitty white light instead of nice full spectrum light. What a bargain.

    2. Sorry, but I didn’t see any $2 A19 LED bulbs on that site. The prices looked pretty comparable to Lowe’s or Home Depot.

    1. So they cost like 30 cents right?

      1. More like $3. But they are rough service lights.

  13. Do CFLs have the same “flicker” issue that traditional flourescent bulbs do? Will the government be paying for our corrective lenses when myopia trends upward?

    1. Yes, that is a characteristic of Fluorescent lighting devices.

      Since AC can be visualized as a series of positive and negative voltage/current pulses, lights that use it tend to have light that pulses as well.

      Incandescent lights pulse as well, but since the light is produced by a heated wire, the wire does not heat and cool instantly, so the light does not come and go instantly either. Interestingly the color of the light changes with the pulses in an incandescent light as the temperature of the wire changes.

      Fluorescent lights produce the light by exciting phosphors on the inside of the glass. As a result the color of the light does not change, but the bulb produces clear pulses of light.

      1. Well made CFL’s have ballasts that switch in the 10khz range. You trade the light flicker for the noticeable buzzing, though.

      2. It isn’t the pulses that cause the flicker, it’s the zero crossings.

  14. The typical U.S. home uses no less energy per capita than it did in the 1970s, despite an onslaught of efficiency standards for everything from refrigerators and televisions to the amount of power consumed when appliances are in “standby mode.”

    Obviously the solution is to provide electricity only a few hours a day, the way it’s done in *real* green countries.

    1. California tried that for a while. The rest of the country laughed at their Rolling Blackouts.

  15. All I can see this ban doing is getting consumers to switch to the inferior, environmentally destructive CFL bulbs over superior LED bulbs. IMHO in the future CFL bulbs will be looked at like we now look at lead paint.

    1. “Did your employer use CFLs? Call us! You may be entitled to compensation!”

      1. So the trial lawyers are behind all of this? It’s all coming together.

      2. “Did your employer use CFLs? Call us! You may be entitled to compensation!”

        “Better Call Saul !!!”

  16. Lights out for alt-text.

  17. What is it with these social conservatives, telling people what to do with their bodies, what light bulbs to use, what toilets to use?

    1. Real conservatives ought to be concerned about overconsumption of shared resources.

      1. Price signals – how do those work again?

        1. Externalities, how do those work again?

          1. Let’s hear more about when you and your mommy decided to become socialists. Inquiring miss want to know!

      2. Who defines overconsumption? As long as your willing to let me decide the standards, then I’m fine with it. Otherwise, go peddle your new age fascism somewhere else.

      3. Resources aren’t shared by everyone. They are clearly owned by specific parties.

  18. You know, do-gooders in the government, I do get an electric bill every month that tells me, in the form of a cash figure that I owe, how much electricity I’m using and which can help me make my own decision whether or not to be more energy efficient.

    1. The Tony’s of the world don’t feel comfortable letting you make those kind of decisions for yourself. You could decide to do something they don’t like.

  19. I like LED’s, and aside form the up-front cost, you do get very long life and very good energy savings, but I don’t like the CFL’s any more than I like larger fluorescent lights. Incandescent bulbs are nice to have in the winter, though, if you’re in a place you can’t heat any other way.

    1. Trouble light with a 60W incandescent works great in my pumphouse to keep the pipes from freezing up. I just bought another large box of bulbs for the future.

      I like CFLs in some applications. My favorite is a recessed light above the sink where I replaced the incandescent with a CFL straight across on a wattage basis. About 3x as much light as before. Ooops, not saving any energy though.

      1. “Trouble light with a 60W incandescent works great in my pumphouse to keep the pipes from freezing up.”

        That reminds me of another “unforeseen side effects” story about changing lighting technologies – there was supposedly one US city that changed over from incandescent stoplights to LED-based stoplights, only to discover that the LED-based ones got packed with snow in the winter, because they, unlike the incandescents, didn’t generate enough heat to melt it away. They ended up having to build little heaters into the stoplights, I think.

        1. That happened across several cities in Canada, also.

      2. C’mon, we all know pumphouse is code for grow house.

      3. The hard white CFLs are good if you are looking for a cold, industrial or functional aesthetic. I put them in the kitchen and basement.

  20. The problem with this intrusiveness “for the greater good” is that it knows no bounds. Give the government an inch and it will take a mile. Citizens that would like to put the brakes on things like this (and more) have no idea how for it seems unstoppable.

  21. I’m buying a truckload and saving them for a year, at which point I’ll be selling them back into circulation for a HUGE profit. Y’all should do the same.

    1. Incandescents: better investment than Bitcoins?

  22. I’m not sure what the point is about per capita energy consumption. Appliances have gotten significantly more energy efficient. It also happens to be the case that we use more of them more often and have bigger homes to heat and cool.

    And incandescent bulbs are vastly inferior relics, you Luddite boobs.

    1. You’ve got it all wrong, Luddites force other people to use their broken old shit.

    2. You’ve got it all wrong, Luddites force other people to use their broken old shit.

    3. “And incandescent bulbs are vastly inferior relics, you Luddite boobs.”

      Clearly, a ban on light bulbs is required, then.

    4. So instead of buying rugged, energy efficient, longer lasting LED bulbs, or incandescent bulbs which still have applications consumers are going to choose the “less expensive” CFL bulbs which contain mercury. The consumer gets screwed with more expensive light bulb, and environmental contamination.

      1. Yes. The fact that CFL mercury bulbs have to be disposed of properly, which 1% of those users may do, but the rest will end in the trash, further polluting the ground its water table. And nevermind the fact that they can explode easily, sending mercury into your home.

    5. The point is that just like with cars, they get better mileage and fuel consumption doesn’t go down – people just drive more.

    6. Yes, as devices become cheaper and more efficient, people buy more cheaper and efficient devices and use them more often. And throw them away more often. And overall energy consumption increases, especially considering the materials and manufacturing of these devices.

    7. If they’re inferior, why do they last longer and cost way less than CFLs? Oh, and don’t contain mercury. Sure they SAY that the CFLs last longer. My real world testing says that they’re a miserable failure though. I tried them out in my 9 recessed kitchen light fixtures (not dimmers). We leave those lights on more than any others. I started replacing each dead incandescent with a CFL. Then the CFLs started dying. In the end all but 1 CFL was dead within a year and I still had half the incandescents I’d started with. FAIL. Oh and I threw them right into the trash too…

  23. Three thoughts:

    1) When an incandescent bulb dims, you get a very nice warm glow – something LED’s don’t do – they just get less bright which looks like shit in a formal dining room setting.

    2) There is no replacement for the 100 watt bulb in an LED variety.

    3) Fuck our keepers for dictating what kind of lighting we can have.

    Personally, I love the LED except for the above points. LEDs are especially great where you have bulbs that are PITA to change. But point #3 is what is about.

    1. White LEDs have two peaks in the blackbody spectrum, one in blue, and one in yellow/red. The ratio between those peaks doesn’t always stay the same when you dim them.

    2. So light some friggin candles for the dinner, then. Or splurge on LED bulbs where you can directly program the color. It’s a *formal* dining room, after all. What’s the cost of some Philips Hue bulbs in all that? You can control them from your smartphone.

      Yeah, the 100W equivalent LEDs need to get here. It’s the last bastion of CFLs in my house.

  24. Incandescent light bulbs are phenomenally inefficient and – when you include the cost of energy bills – are generally going to be more expensive on a consolidated basis than their CFL and LED counterparts. Additionally, groups like Philips and GE didn’t support the change because of margins – though the new bulbs are higher margin now, that will likely change over time as manufacturers focus exclusively on these new technologies. The reason they’re behind it is 1) it’s a no brainer, easy way to score environmental points and 2) people are going to buy bulbs anyway.

    1. Define inefficient. Where I live they are 100% efficient. Even better than my central heating really, because it heats the room I’m currently using.

      1. I’d define as the ratio of light produced to power input, which is fairly low for incandescent bulbs. I am not sure how to react to your claim that you rely on incandescent light bulbs for heating.

        1. I don’t ‘rely’ on them, I just don’t experience loss from them given whatever the lumens/watt ratio is (that is the inefficiency you are trying to address). The theoretical limit is 680 lumens/watt. That ratio for incandescent bulbs is 2%, CFLs are about 7%.

        2. Central heating systems can suck through different parts of a house. Bulb heat can be a nice supplement.

      2. Exactly. All the power going into the bulb comes out as either light or heat. I can use both during the heating season. During the summer I tend to leave the lights off because there is sunlight from five in the morning to well after nine. Living in the higher latitudes: love incandescents. Bought a couple hundred of the 100watt last year and a couple hundred of the 40s, 60s and 75s this year. I should be set for the next ten years or more. Maybe by then our long national nightmare of nannyism run amok will have ended.

    2. Put some CFL bulbs in your house. They burn out a lot quicker than their proponents claim.

      1. Brand is everything. The cheap no name ones are crap. The name brands last a fine amount of time. So much so, now that LEDs are a viable alternative, I have way too many CFLs in the closet that I’ve started giving away.

  25. I know that disney has used 3d printers to make their own design light bulbs, why can’t someone work on 3d printing the banned lightbulb?

    Just a thought, I think and I hope someone is working on it

  26. 14 referenced points,
    Why the arguments behind the ban don’t hold up
    Freedomlightbulb org

    Always unnoticed:
    Incandescent electricity use is just fractional amounts of mostly off-peak evening-night surplus electricity, and effectively the same coal is burned at such times regardless of bulb choice given minimal coal plant night cycle levels.
    (Dept Energy grid data, coal plant etc references)

    1. A direct link to this:…..ified.html

  27. CFLs are horrible. We bought a box that said they would last 7 years. They are burning out in 1.5.

    Everyone laughed at the idea that the government would ban incandescent bulbs, as in the movie Equilibrium. Turns out the sick statists did it way earlier than that.

    1. Don’t buy the no-name brand CFL’s. They are absolutely crap and will generally burn out quickly. Granted, the name brand CFL’s still become significantly dimmer over time. Which is why I’m starting to switch to LED’s, now that the price has started to come down closer to a cost effective number.

      1. LEDs dim over time as well. It is because of the phosphor in them. GaN is naturally dark blue, close to UV, the phosphor makes it white/yellow.

        1. I didn’t know that. Thanks for the info.

  28. FYI there is a loophole in the law that allows manufacture of “rough service” bulbs. There is one US manufacturer. 100W too.

    1. I have determined that all of my light fixtures are ‘rough service’ from now on. Providing illumination in this benighted world truly is rough service.

    2. $2.88 a bulb is a lot higher than incandecents normally cost.

  29. Your fan will probably overheat the halogen bulbs or something. 100 watt minimum means 100 watts.

  30. I hate the new bulbs. I have old incandescent that have been in place in high traffic areas for 8 years and fluorescents which have been changed 3 times this year.

    Aside from taking for ever to come up in the cold and not working with my dimmers and being hazardous around my kid what’s lot to love…

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