Send Your Light Bulbs To Washington
All light bulbs have usage advantages. People should feel perfectly free to use and enjoy CFLs and LEDs along with incandescents.
But pushing the use of any bulb is wrong: And CFLs are being pushed on consumers, in energy saving campaigns, in CFL replacement programs, and lately also via regulations, as the only practical replacement alternative, which also happens to be more profitable for the light bulb manufacturers.
"Hey, you can still use energy efficient incandescents like Halogens, and LEDs that show such promise!!" Certainly - as said - all light bulbs have their advantages. But that does not make them worthy replacements.
Replacement Halogen and similar incandescents are still different from simple incandescents in light quality and other respects, apart from costing much more for marginal savings, which is why neither consumers or politicians like them much. No "Halogen replacement program" in any American state!
Besides: All known general service incandescents including touted Halogens will progressively be banned on the enacted EISA 45 lumen per W end regulation standard. That's right. The politicians don't tell you that. USA regulations including updates on repeal bills in local states (legislated Texas June 2011)
LEDs meanwhile have still greater differences, cost much more, and have particular development issues around brightness, omnidirectionality, and broad spectrum light quality.
That is why the replacement push is to use CFLs - as also seen in post-ban Europe. Unfortunately, whatever the CFL energy saving advantages, politicians also choose to hide, obfuscate, or ignore the disadvantages relating to this type of lighting.Therefore this blog seeks to highlight some of these issues, with appropriate references. Not least of which is the issue of CFL disposal:
Improper disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs is dangerous to your family and to the environment. In some states, it is illegal to put these light bulbs in your trash. It's easy to dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs properly. Just send them to your Senator or Congressman in Washington. Or send them to the EPA.
Monthly Archives: January 2012
Washington Times Editorial January 27 2012 Obama’s Twisty Light Bulb Logic President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury pollution.” Of course, no one is … Continue reading
Thank you to Light Bulb Choice for this! Their news post, in turn links to the Edmund Contoski authored document (pdf, from the Science & Public Policy Institute, alternative source link here). Edited blog post copy: Compact Fluorescent … Continue reading
January 12 Investor’s Business Daily article, with highlighting. Light Bulb Phaseout Worse Than Reported Environmentalism: As the light bulb phaseout goes into effect, you may be surprised to know the law also requires their already-costly replacements to … Continue reading
From the Freedom Light Bulb blog, commenting on CFL subsidies and replacement programs in relation to a recent cartoon that also takes up how manufacturers are profiting from the ban on cheap incandescents. Meet Mr Stinkypants! … Continue reading
Given our emphasis on CFL safe disposal and recycling: How does one find out more about it? As they say themselves on their website, lighting manufacturers, through their trade association, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) developed … Continue reading
From the Easy Opinions blog, “Opinions about the not so Obvious” The CFL Advertising Account Fred: Thank you Jim for landing the CFL United ad account. Let’s work out the ad campaign. Mike: I didn’t get the memo. … Continue reading
As you may have heard, Canada has delayed their incandescent bulb ban or “phase out”. More about the decision can be read here. Meanwhile, the lack of recycling has emerged as a main reason for the delay… (From … Continue reading
From Freedom Light Bulb blog post In a continued “save for posterity” effort of the German blog Otitis Media di Monaco (see earlier post), a look at his stamp collection in a GDR or for that matter EUSSR or a … Continue reading
In this nearly 2 hour long December 2011 Podcast software engineer turned organic Montana farmer Paul Wheaton goes over most issues relating to compact fluorescent light bulbs, from radiation sensitivity and mercury issues to their questionably big energy savings. (Direct … Continue reading
As earlier reported in December 2011 on the Freedom Light Bulb blog, and no doubt predictable for readers of this blog, it seems some politicians are actually waking up to the issues of dumped CFLs and mercury release… rather belatedly. … Continue reading