Dim Bulb California: The Venezuela of North America

And then there is this:


If you want to buy a 100-watt, incandescent light bulb in 2011, forget it.

Starting in January, a year ahead of the rest of the country, California will begin implementing a federal law prohibiting the sale and use of incandescent light bulbs by 2014. First into the death chamber is the 100-watt bulb. Subsequent years will include the 75-watt, 60-watt and 40-watt bulbs.

In our New World Lighting Order you will be forced to buy “compact fluorescent” light bulbs that cost twice as much. […]

This Bush-era law, signed as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, is no different from telling you what kind of car to drive or what you should be eating for lunch.

The CFL movement is rooted in the idea that they last longer, uses 28 percent less energy and provide the same amount of light as Thomas Edison’s incandescent invention.

But there are problems with CFLs that might make you want to buy, or choose, an incandescent light bulb. A six pack of incandescent bulbs runs about $5 where CFLs cost about $3 each. CFLs contain toxic mercury and require special disposal.

Popular Mechanics magazine found that CFLs commonly fail because they are installed in inappropriate lighting fixtures. They can also wear out prematurely because they are turned on and off frequently or experience excessive vibration or impact.

Encouraging the use of compact fluorescent lights, even offering financial incentives or distributing them free of charge might make good public policy. Consumers gravitate to better products.

But banning the sale of a product like the incandescent light bulb that has served us well for more than 130 years with no consumer complaints is an unwelcome intrusion of the green police.

I imagine things are only going to get far worse for California with Jerry Brown’s second coming as governor.


5 thoughts on “Dim Bulb California: The Venezuela of North America”

  1. I live in Los Angeles, I hate the bulbs. I’m already stockpiling, and when the time comes, I’ll either get them sent from family/friends out-of-state, or drive to Arizona or Mexico or Nevada. No one is going to tell me what kind of light bulbs to buy. My father would roll over in his grave if I let that happen. I swear I’ll use kerosene lamps or candles if I have to.

  2. Great video! I sell auto insurance to a lot of the workers in the dairy industry, and they say a lot of businesses are leaving California to New Mexico because of our strict emission laws. It’s unbelievable when everyone else voted for fiscal responsibility, we got stuck w/Brown, Boxer and Pelosi!

  3. California, like Venezuela or Nicaragua, has no excuse. Sorry. Stupid behavior has bad consequences. It’s like the law of gravity: you don’t have to like it, but you do have to deal with it.

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