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Light bulb issue won't go away

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: January 14, 2014

It seems the some people just aren’t willing to give up the fight to get their old light bulbs back.  

Pasted below is a news release from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, about an effort to pave the way for a comeback of the old-style, general-service incandescent bulb.

All I can say is this: Try one of the newer-style bulbs before you decide you don’t like them. If you don’t like compact fluorescent bulbs, try a halogen-incandescent bulb or an LED bulb. You might be surprised – and pleased.

Light Bulb Rider Could Endanger U.S. Jobs

By ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel

Once again, some members of the House are trying to turn back a train that has already left the station. They have inserted a light bulb rider in the 2014 omnibus spending bill which would prohibit the Department of Energy (DOE) from enforcing the light bulb standards enacted in 2007 and signed into law by President Bush.

The rider will not bring back the old, inefficient light bulbs. U.S. manufacturers such as GE, Philips, and Sylvania have complied with the standards and consumers are already reaping the savings from the more efficient bulbs. New halogen incandescents, now on store shelves, look and light up just like the old light bulbs but use about 30% less electricity. LED and CFL light bulbs save even more.

Here's the bad news: the rider could endanger U.S. jobs. Manufacturers have invested in U.S. factories to make the compliant halogen incandescent light bulbs. Since the rider prohibits enforcement of the standards, it opens the door to foreign lighting factories and importers that would seek to sell substandard, energy-wasting bulbs, threatening US manufacturing and domestic jobs.

The light bulb standards have been a success, providing energy reductions and cost savings for consumers. The rider could turn that success into a train wreck for U.S. manufacturers.

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