Great news!

The ban against regular light bulbs was started under George W Bush, and was expanded under Obama.

The “old” light bulbs give a softer, warmer light, IMHO. And if the government won’t allow us to choose the kind of bulbs we want to have in our homes, what’s next? A ban on plastic straws?

Oh wait…

Via Daily Caller.

The Trump administration is preparing to repeal an Obama-era rule effectively outlawing a wide swath of popular lightbulbs, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The Department of Energy is ready to scrap a rule broadening the number of lightbulbs that must meet strict energy efficiency standards set to take effect in 2020, according to a document the agency published on its website. The document was later removed from the site, WaPo noted.

Former President Barack Obama’s DOE expanded the class of bulbs covered by a 2007 lightbulb ban to include bug lights, three-way bulbs, “rough service lamps,” and some decorative bulbs, such as globe-shaped bulbs. Obama’s decision came in January 2017 and roped in bulbs that had previously been exempt from the ban.

Obama officials argued the expansion was needed because consumers might use the unregulated bulbs to replace regulated ones….

Congress passed into law in 2007 new efficiency requirements for general lightbulbs, with strict requirements set to take effect in 2020. LED bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps can easily meet the 2020 standard of 45 lumens per watt….But the traditional incandescent bulbs on the market cannot.

Obama also banned sales of the 100-watt incandescent lightbulb in 2012 as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was taking hold. Conservatives complained at the time, calling the bans an infringement on consumers’ rights to choose how they light their homes….

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  1. Vintageport says:

    CFL bulbs are the absolute worst. And they’ve got significant amounts of mercury inside them. So much for the environmental considerations of banning incandescent bulbs. The LED technology has upped its game. They’re reliable, long lived, come in a large variety of shapes, sizes and color temperatures, and they’re very affordable, easily paying for themselves in a few months. Many LED lamps are dimmable and consume much less electricity than CFL and incandescent bulbs. It won’t be too much longer before this debate is moot.

  2. Alain41 says:

    Trump admin. Ag Secy on Aug. 2, announced that they will start to overturn Clinton rule and allow logging in national forests, specifically the Los Padres forest north of LA. Clinton admin. passed ‘roadless rule’ stopping logging in Jan. 2001. Eight days before he left Office. Bush unsuccessfully fought rule. In 2009, Obama strengthened rule by also requiring Ag Secy approval. Allowing logging is Good News for fire fighters, communities, the environment, and taxpayers.

  3. Maynard says:

    I love energy efficiency and have installed LED bulbs in all my heavy-use lamps. But the old incandescent bulbs are just fine for fixtures that get little use, and they’re actually “greener” in that they required fewer resources to manufacture and have no exotic contents.

    FWIW, I like the high-CRI LED “natural” or “sunlight” colors, as opposed to the traditional “warm white” of incandescents. If you buy an LED bulb, there are suddenly more choices that you’ve never had before, and they make a big difference.

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