Ordering Americans To Buy $50 Lightbulbs

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    NEW YORK – 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.
    LED bulbs hit 100 watts as federal ban looms - Yahoo! News

    So...exactly which part of the Constitution covers 'mandating which light bulbs Americans can use'?
    (in 2007, Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress)

    Is that after the 'toilet bowl amendment'? ("When the federal government mandated that new toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush,...")
     
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    Which part of the constitution allows individual rights to coprorations?

    Which part allows the regulation of drugs both prescription and non prescription?

    Which part allows prohibiting the marriage of gays?

    Which part...
     
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    BTW a local Lowes recently were selling the flourescent bulbs for $1 each.
    So how does this mandate a person buying the most expensive bulbs?
     
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    This is a much better post...the first one was just nonsense.

    The question is, should the government be mandating or banning lightbulbs?

    I'm gonna guess, from that other post, that you would be fine with the gov sticking to its Constitutional powers, pretty much.
     
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    Thanks for this PC. It reminded me that I've got to start hoarding light bulbs soon.
     
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    Nope, because the constitution is way out of date. The writers could not envision our electric grid or our dependence on oil nor the effects of polloution, etc.
    And our govt has not kept up in updating the constitution.

    Nor could the founders envision how lazy and spoiled the American people would become.
     
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    I've been stocking up on 25w, 40w, 60w, and 75w bulbs since January and will continue to do so. Fuck those cfl's, I hate them and refuse to buy them and fuck congress for banning and mandating.

    Companies can get around this ban by marketing bulbs as 'small heaters'.
     
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    And those CFLs were $10 only a few years ago. LED prices are coming down quickly. The DoE expects, the most common size light bulb used, a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb to cost $10 by 2015. There are 425 million incandescent light bulbs in the 60-watt range in use in the U.S. today.

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    That's Truthmatter's Brand of Stupid. The Constitution did not cover the proper disposition of horseshit either
     
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