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    Re: Should Congress Lift The Ban On The Incandescent Lightbulb?

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    I put the states should decide...but honestly my whole house inside and out is fluorescent and it saves me a good buck every month...in fla heat is bad and incandescents throw tons of heat whereas fluorescents are alot cooler...so I save on cooling plus lighting
    Have you thought about using LED instead? As I understand it, LED bulbs are more expensive but they last much longer, and that's where the savings come in. And I think LED lights are what Congress are trying to push.
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    Re: Should Congress Lift The Ban On The Incandescent Lightbulb?

    Yes they should.

    Why?
    Because people are already buying the CFL's and LED bulbs in heavy numbers.
    Old incandescent still have a useful purpose, especially for hobbyists and things like that.

    I predict in the future, Congress will get credit for proliferating CFLs when they didn't do anything but jump in front of the parade.
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    Re: Should Congress Lift The Ban On The Incandescent Lightbulb?

    To me this is a non issue thing. Where were Republicans when they forced digital signals and forced people to get a box or an HDTV? Sure they delayed it but the point is, congress seems to only ever do anything if there is something in it for them. So I think the real question that needs to be asked is, what is in it for Congress this time?
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    Re: Should Congress Lift The Ban On The Incandescent Lightbulb?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Have you thought about using LED instead? As I understand it, LED bulbs are more expensive but they last much longer, and that's where the savings come in. And I think LED lights are what Congress are trying to push.
    What Congress is trying to push are those squiggly bulbs that are filled with mercury. Not only do they cost more, they're dangerous.

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    Re: Should Congress Lift The Ban On The Incandescent Lightbulb?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPC View Post
    The Republicans have to decided to try to lift the ban on the Incandescent light bulbs that goes into effect in two years. Governor Rick Perry has already signed legislation that refuses to abide by the ban. Do you think the ban should be lifted?
    Yes the ban should be lifted. Many people like incandescent light bulbs and if you are poor then it is much cheaper right now to buy incandescent bulb then it is to be a any other type of bulb. Plus I do not like the government basically telling me I have to buy certain bulbs.
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    Re: Should Congress Lift The Ban On The Incandescent Lightbulb?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    To me this is a non issue thing. Where were Republicans when they forced digital signals and forced people to get a box or an HDTV? Sure they delayed it but the point is, congress seems to only ever do anything if there is something in it for them. So I think the real question that needs to be asked is, what is in it for Congress this time?
    With analog broadcasting, it was phased out by the companies, nobody mandated that after a certain date, nobody would be allowed to broadcast in analog. Technology moves on. Either go with it ro be left behind. In this case though, companies are all too willing to keep making light bulbs, the government is forcing them to stop.
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    Re: Should Congress Lift The Ban On The Incandescent Lightbulb?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPC View Post
    It was on FOX News this morning. The issue is supposed to be brought up tomorrow.
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    Re: Should Congress Lift The Ban On The Incandescent Lightbulb?

    Well it saves money over time so I don't see the big deal:

    A U.S. article stated "A household that invested $90 in changing 30 fixtures to CFLs would save $440 to $1,500 over the five-year life of the bulbs, depending on your cost of electricity. Look at your utility bill and imagine a 12% discount to estimate the savings."
    Also here is just another consideration, if Congress or the government wants to save American people lots of money like...30 years worth of never needing lightbulbs again worth here is a handy chart showing each:

    Compare: LED Lights vs CFL vs Incandescent Lighting Chart

    LED is obviously much more expensive but at 30 year lifespan I would say WORTH IT.
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    Re: Should Congress Lift The Ban On The Incandescent Lightbulb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    And this is a major issue because....?
    Google 'Planned obsolescence' and you'll know why.

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    Re: Should Congress Lift The Ban On The Incandescent Lightbulb?

    "No, their bad for the environment." Wow, what a choice. Here is why:
    How much mercury do power plants emit to light a CFL?
    About 50 percent of the electricity produced in the U.S. is generated by coal-fired power plants. When coal burns to produce electricity, mercury naturally contained in the coal releases into the air. In 2006, coal-fired power plants produced 1,971 billion kilowatt hours (kwh) of electricity, emitting 50.7 tons of mercury into the air—the equivalent amount of mercury contained in more than 9 billion CFLs (the bulbs emit zero mercury when in use or being handled).
    Approximately 0.0234 mg of mercury—plus carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide—releases into the air per 1 kwh of electricity that a coal-fired power plant generates. Over the 7500-hour average range of one CFL, then, a plant will emit 13.16 mg of mercury to sustain a 75-watt incandescent bulb but only 3.51 mg of mercury to sustain a 20-watt CFL (the lightning equivalent of a 75-watt traditional bulb). Even if the mercury contained in a CFL was directly released into the atmosphere, an incandescent would still contribute 4.65 more milligrams of mercury into the environment over its lifetime.
    [COLOR="blue"]Note that some things have changed since this article was written. The amount of mercury in a CFL has been reduced and their efficiency has gotten better.
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