A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Americans have nine months left in which they can purchase 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. As of the first of 2011, no new 100-watt incandescent light bulbs (except for those left in the store’s inventory) can be sold to the American consumer.
The last factory manufacturing the 100-watt incandescent light bulb was has been closed and shuttered. The incandescent light bulb manufacturing business has moved the China.
The US manufacturers of light bulbs in America will make only fluorescent bulbs. You’d never guess, would you, that manufacturers will make more profit off the fluorescent bulbs than they did on the old incandescent bulbs?
Back in January of 2008, I wrote the following:
Also from the same article we learn this: “According to www.lightbulbrecycling.com, each year an estimated 600 million fluorescent lamps are disposed of in U.S. landfills, amounting to 30,000 pounds of mercury waste. Astonishingly, that's almost half the amount of mercury emitted into the atmosphere by coal-fired power plants each year. It only takes 4mg of mercury to contaminate up to 7,000 gallons of freshwater, meaning that the 30,000 pounds of mercury thrown away in compact fluorescent light bulbs each year is enough to pollute nearly every lake, pond, river and stream in North America (not to mention the oceans. “
Now… all the research I have done tells me that the CFL’s produce the same lumens as a comparable incandescent bulb. But, in practice, I have found that replacing a 60 watt incandescent with a 60 watt CFL will NOT produce the same amount of lighting. The area I am trying to light is dimmer, not lighted nearly as well, with the CFL as it was with the incandescent. I have found the same true with 75-watt bulbs and 100-watt bulbs. I have even swapped the 60’s out for 75’s and the 75’s out for 100 watt CFLs and I STILL don’t see the crisp brightness I get from the old incandescent bulb.Now, I am not an engineer. I’m just an old country boy, who has been around the block few times, and experience tells me there HAS to be something different about the lumens emitted by an incandescent and the lumens emitted by a CFL. Is it a different KIND of light? Is that what the matter is?
If I drop something on the floor, I have to get up and turn on the overhead lights, which have incandescent bulbs in them, so I can find the dropped item on the floor.This is madness! I’m at the point, with the CFL bulbs, that I would happily see the oceans boil and keep my incandescent bulbs!Between now and 2012, I’m going to horde as many incandescent light bulbs as I can get. Every trip to the store I intend to buy light bulbs and store them.We should condem the Compact Fluorescent Light bulb to hell! (This article can be found HERE.”)
Although there is SOME movement abroad in the Congress to repeal this ban on 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, who knows how the unresponsive bunch of old hippies, tree-huggers, and “Gaia worshippers” will vote -- especially in the Senate!
It is time to do two things: Aggravate the living daylights out of Congress -- and the President -- to repeal this abomination of a law – and begin hoarding incandescent light bulbs every time you venture to a store stocking light bulbs. I have already begun stocking all the incandescents I can get my hands on. (Remember -- many of today’s light fixtures will not even allow a CFL bulb’s usage. They simply will not fit in them – and -- when they do … the actual lighting produced by them is so poor that you may have to set up lamps, in the same room, with incandescent bulbs in them -- just so you can see! Consider this: You may well be forced to change every light fixture in your home, your office, your business, etc, just to accommodate those cussed, pathetic, excuses for a light bulb.
So far, our toilets have to be flushed multiple times in order to remove the waste, which actually increases the use of water rather than saving the water. Our showerheads are so poor we have to install additional plumbing to increase the pressure, or drill out the holes so more water can get thru and the bather can, at least, get the soap of him or her.
Our gasoline is dilutee by ethanol, something we southern folks recognize as a form of rot-gut home distilled whiskey, which comes from corn -- and is driving the cost of food stuffs and nearly everything else sky high.
Government intrusion in our lives has reached the intolerable point and we have to fight back.
It is time to let your congressperson, including your senators, know you are sick and tired of all this BS and make sure they understand you intend to vote in November of 2012.