Congress shouldn't ban old-fashioned light bulbs

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    Corn Dog | 5:54 p.m. Aug. 21, 2011
    New York, NY
    The CFL mercury issue is not about the environment. It's about introducing mercury to locations where it does not now exist


    Boo Hoo Hoo....

    CFLs in home and factories?

    Like they aren't now in every single public area, churches, Temples, schools, office spaces, stores, RVs, trains, planes, subways (if you are really in New York).

    Just admit the real reason is control and that the Government told you so -- you probably still want lead in our paint and gasoline too?

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    One more example of why government intrusion through lobbied regulation is unexcuseable. This not about energy savings, it is about money. Money for the big manufacturers that have moved their operations off shore, but do not home grown competition. So, get your friendly in your pocket politician, add a few dollars for the energy saving folks (not environmentalists because they know these bulbs are bad for the environment and individual health), and watch the money roll in.

  • Corn Dog New York, NY
    Aug. 21, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    The CFL mercury issue is not about the environment. It's about introducing mercury to locations where it does not now exist - in factories where the CFLs are made and in people's homes. When a bulb breaks in your home, it's your children that are exposed - not a carp or pigeon hundreds of miles away. But as usual, environmentalists are more concerned about animals than humans.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Aug. 21, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    In the past year I replaced three CFL's and one real light bulb. Way more expensive and many CFL lamps don't like burning in odd positions. They sure don't like the cold and the warm up time is frustrating when you need bright light NOW... not in a few minutes.
    They are the modern version of feeding a cow less and expecting it to gain weight faster.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    It's only a matter of time before we are going to be billed in real time and real cost (which is highly variable) for electricity at the household level. I suspect this will eliminate incandescent lighting, and a lot of other things.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    I hate when some bureaucrat gets to decide what is best for me because they think I am too stupid to make the "right" decision.

    LEDs and CFLs CAN save you a lot of money with low energy costs even though they have a high upfront cost IF you use the bulb long enough. For those lights that are on for several hours each day, the ROI can be good.

    I have lots of lights in my home. Some I use a lot, others may only be on for a few hours each year. For those basement and closet lights, LEDs and CFLs will NEVER pay for themselves in energy savings even if they didn't use any energy at all.

    I want the freedom to decide for myself which lights I want to be expensive but low power lights and which ones are just fine with a cheap old incandescent bulb.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    Ahhh yes the 'fundamental transformation' process is in full view with this one issue. We could let the markets decide which is the best product that would be smartest for the money. Yet we let the government tell us, 'nudge' us into what they decide is best for us. Maybe we just are 'acting stupidly?"

  • KDave Moab, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    Wow! Are these 'killer bulbs' covered under Obamba-care?

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Aug. 21, 2011 7:41 a.m.

    I think it's great. Now you can tell where the tea-party lives by the old fashoned bulbs on the porch.

    Someday you all will see how silly it was to cry about light bulbs.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 5:57 a.m.

    Regarding mercury in the CFLs -- given that 80 percent of Utah's electricity is coal-fired, the amount of mercury released into the atmosphere will be significantly less than what is in the CFL bulb. Mercury has made several fish and waterfowl off-limits for human consumption in Utah.

    LEDs are the future, and the bulb that is likely to become the standard replacement for most traditional lamps is the A19 size. It is expected to last over 10 years. Some LEDs are definitely worthwhile today as you can put them in hard to reach places (say high vaulted ceiling can lights) and literally never have to replace them for the time you may live in your home (given that most people move about every 7 years). I have some LED rope lights in my home that are expected to have a 20-year life, but given how infrequently I use them, I may never change them in my lifetime!

    Analysts have calculated that society's transition to CFLs and LEDs will drastically cut energy use (about 10 percent of electricty use is lighting).

    And old CFLs can be recycled at Home Depot.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Aug. 21, 2011 5:44 a.m.

    Oh my goodness.

    I cant believe all the hoopla over CFL's. How does something such as THIS become such a political lightning rod?

    Get over it people. There are much more important issues to "have a cow" over.