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No joke: The “How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act”

January 31, 2007

I really don’t think I could that act name up if I tried. A California legislator is trying to ban all traditional light bulbs in his state by 2012! Hmmm, sounds like a “dark day” for the bulb makers, eh? (Ok, fine, don’t laugh. I agree it was a bad pun. I apologize.)

cali mapWhat else can California ban? Seriously! Seems like the state is trying to put a stop to almost everything lately. Here’s just a sampling:

More after the jump…

Actually, I do not have a problem with the “lightbulb” law proposed, for the following reasons mentioned in the article from Reuters:

  • Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) use about 25 percent of the energy of conventional lightbulbs.
  • CFLs are most readily available and are relatively affordable
  • CFLs generate 70 percent less heat than incandescent lights.
  • A 20-watt CFL gives as much light as a 75-watt conventional bulb, and lasts 13 times longer, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit group studying energy issues.

As long as the bulbs are “grandfathered in” and homeowners aren’t mandated to throw out all their conventional bulbs immediately, I think it’s a very good idea. I’ve already started to substitute these bulbs in my own home, and haven’t had to replace one yet. And they are just as good light-wise.

So, point for you California. But let’s move on to more important things… can we get a Paris Hilton ban?

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3 Comments
  1. May 2, 2007 8:08 am

    Actually, we should ban California and all the nuts that live there. One can only hope it drops into the ocean.

  2. Hope McKenzie permalink
    May 2, 2007 9:45 am

    I am so sick of hearing about the new florescense, ugly bulb! Does anyone know how bad mercury is? Walk through Walmart by the bulbs and you will find the stupid bulbs in the clearense section. No one wants them or the price tag that lines China’s pants pockets, (and Al Gore’s)! Hello! The environmentalists really believe their own propaganda and think so does joe-public. Just because they air it on main stream news does not mean we watch it! All they have to do is ask us!
    Thank you,
    Sage California

  3. John Blackwelder permalink
    May 2, 2007 11:55 am

    It seems that a few want to make ALL the decisions for the many. Why not ban all candy, high heel shoes, all but thick, black eyeglass frames, etc.? I don’t care what the “experts” say, the few FLBs I have tried in my table lamps have not given as much light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb.

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