Texas Governor Rick Perry has signed a law to allow incandescent light bulb makers in the state of Texas (if the bulbs are also sold there) to thumb their noses at the new Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) laws. In January 2012, the sale of our old friend, the 100 watt incandescent bulb (the modern day Thomas Edison bulb) will be outlawed. A year later, the 75 watt incandescent will be gone, and in 2014 the 60 watt bulb will die.
When we were building our home three years ago, my lighting store vetoed several of my choices, since those fixtures would only take incandescent bulbs, which would eventually make them impossible to use. So lighting fixtures for incandescent bulbs are probably already dinosaurs. It seems impossible that chandeliers from sea to shining sea may soon be obsolete. I’m not saying they will be…just passing on info from my lighting store, which may have not told the truth. Who knows.
Now this is interesting: PhysOrg is reporting the story and includes a quote from someone connected to The Natural Resources Defense Council in New York. Whomever is commenting calls on Perry to veto the bill, and indicates that the legislation is useless, because it “can’t practically be implemented….” Which means that homes will not be able to use the old bulbs? Perhaps for the reasons I mentioned in the above paragraph?
“But what it really shows off is how some politicians in the Lone Star State will do anything to score political points – even if it means echoing misinformation and wasting time and money passing legislation that can’t practically be implemented and isn’t in the best interest of constituents.”
In Governor Perry’s 2010 book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington,” he says there is “no end to the reach of Washington,” and says they are even telling us what light bulbs to use. PolitiFact takes issue with that statement and rates it “Barely True” on it’s Truth-O-Meter. Read their assessment here. PolitiFact is saying bulbs MUST become more efficient, so the fact that our older bulbs are outlawed, doesn’t mean Washington is telling us what to buy. What? Of course they are telling us what to buy, because some of our personal choices have disappeared due to legislation.
In my house, hubby purchases the Soft White 52 watt incandescent bulb. It has worked well for us, replacing the 60 watt. The box says the 52 watt has 710 lumens, compared to 840 lumens in the 60 watt. The thing is, we can’t tell the difference between it and the 60 watt incandescent. The light given by the 52 watt incandescent is much better than the light we got from the 60 watt CFL. We gave the CFL’s a chance, and found them greatly lacking – and one burned out with a few months.
However, maybe I was biased. Popular Mechanics says they tested seven “popular” compact fluorescent bulbs. They found the light quality in all of them “topped that emitted by traditional incandescent bulbs.” So, there’s that.
How much of a difference can CFLs really make?
According to EnergyStar—a program run by the Environmental Protection Agency—if each U.S. home replaced just one of its incandescent bulbs with a CFL, the electricity saved each year could light 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to that of 800,000 cars. And with a recent study for the U.S. government saying that a single 24-watt CFL’s lifetime energy savings add up to the gas equivalent of a coast-to-coast Prius road trip, it’s probably time to get moving on your energy footprint.
Note the above uses the word “could.” “Could light 3 million homes.” Note also that we were told 30 coal-fired power plants would shut-down, be eliminated, due to the savings from CFL usage. Not a single plant has closed down due to CFLs, but some are closing due to the huge cost of EPA regulations. CFLs shutting down coal-fired plants – not going to happen.
I have yet to have anyone confirm their much lowered energy costs, due to their CFLs. How about you? Do you know anyone who has actually found they saved? Thanks to The Lonely Conservative for the tip.