California Bans 'Evil' 100 Watt Light Bulbs


Jenny Erikson
Jenny Erikson
In a move that’s crazy even for California, the land of fruits and nuts is banning 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. We have to save Santa from global warming, after all. Starting January 1, 2011, California will begin a yearlong phase-out of the offensive bulbs, emptying store shelves of them by 2012.

The other forty-nine states will follow next year. In 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act was enacted to ‘Save the Earth.’ It bans the production, sale, or use of 100-watt incandescent bulbs across the country by the year 2014. Because people aren’t smart enough to make their own decisions about how to light their homes.

Many people will choose to replace their evil incandescent light bulbs with those curly compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). According to the government, it’s better to potentially expose your children to mercury than to use a tiny bit of extra energy. CFLs contain mercury, and most be disposed of at a toxic waste facility.

I’m all for good stewardship of the earth, but I also believe in freedom of choice and personal responsibility. People are resourceful. We like to invent better ways of doing things. Once upon a time, people got tired of using candles or whale oil to light their homes, so they figured out that whole electricity thing. We invented cars as a better mode of transportation than walking or riding a horse. Washing machines, hair dryers, cell phones, gas grills, digital video recorders, and a plethora of other modern conveniences have made life better for most people -- and all were brought into popular use without the ‘help’ of the government.

We don’t need the government to tell us what’s good for us. We know that too much salt in our diet in unhealthy. We know that pogo sticks can be dangerous. We know that the cords in blinds pose a safety risk to children. We know we’re supposed to cut up hot dogs into bite-sized pieces for our toddlers.

People are smart, and we will always figure out better, faster, cheaper, cleaner, more efficient ways of doing things. We don’t need a nanny-state hovering over us, taking away our ability to make our own decisions.

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bills... billsfan1104

When is the government going to make the othe light bulbs cheaper and are they going to make it non toxic? This is stupid. All people need to do to save energy is to turn off the lights.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

Yeah- I don't really agree with your "people are smart" theory. People are idiots, actually. Otherwise we wouldn't need Mrs. Obama to tell us how to eat smart and the government to tell us how to live the rest of our lives.

In fact- all the things you pointed out disprove your theory that people are "smart." Most people are lazy and willing to believe everything they are told... and are very WILLING to let the government and "officials" tell them what to do and how to live their lives from day to day. That is the real problem.

nonmember avatar Anon

When are they going to publish a study that shows that you actually use MORE energy with those new annoying bulbs? They take forever to light up. If I'm running into a room to grab something and run out again, now I have to turn on the light in advance and come back minutes later after I can finally see what I'm looking for. (Because, yeah, I don't leave lights on all day and night. Except the one that is there to scare the raccoons out of the basement, and that's an "energy efficient" one.)

Simpl... Simply_Janeen

Oh that's just great! The ped recommended 100 watt bulbs through the house to help with any seasonal depression. He does NOT recommend the CFLs, he thinks they're bad. Wonder what he's going to suggest after this goes into place.

Bob Aldrich

100 watt incandescent light bulbs will not relieve Seasonal Depression. For that you need a multi-spectrum bulb. Regular incandescents typically emit only one spectrum of color. Newer CFLs are actually better than incandescents for approximating sunlight. The PED you talked with is wrong. Check out wikipedia at:

Beaz Beaz

I agree with historymama.

nonmember avatar Joe Black

As much as I want to agree with you that all americans know what is good for us and care a whole lot about the environment, I do have to disagree with you. I agree that the government could have tried to phase out the incandescent bulbs in a better way. The outright banning of the bulbs can force a lot of lighting businesses producing those bulbs out of business.

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