Thank you to the Nanny State, Big Brother, and environmental kool-aid drinkers. Since you’ve determined that we are no longer capable of making these simple decisions for ourselves each of us will now be enjoying a price increase on our simple light bulbs. Instead of paying about $1.83 for a packet of 4 100-watt light bulbs, just like I did the other day, we’ll be shelling out about $50 for ONE. You read that right. $50 buckaroos.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January.
Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect.
The new bulbs will also be expensive — about $50 each — so the development may not prevent consumers from hoarding traditional bulbs.
The technology in traditional “incandescent” bulbs is more than a century old. Such bulbs waste most of the electricity that feeds them, turning it into heat. The 100-watt bulb, in particular, produces so much heat that it‘s used in Hasbro’s Easy-Bake Oven.
To encourage energy efficiency, Congress passed a law in 2007 mandating that bulbs producing 100 watts worth of light meet certain efficiency goals, starting in 2012. Conventional light bulbs don’t meet those goals, so the law will prohibit making or importing them. The same rule will start apply to remaining bulbs 40 watts and above in 2014. Since January, California has already banned stores from restocking 100-watt incandescent bulbs.
This, brought to us via the greatest scam to ever hit mankind, will help plunge us back into the dark ages of candles and torches– because, really, how many people are going to be able to afford to keep their homes lit after dark?
For those who feel it is their personally duty to save the earth, right along with energy preacher and simultaneous energy hog, Al Gore, give them the option of buying thousands of dollars worth of light bulbs just to keep light in their homes. But, do not make it a mandate on the rest of us.