75 watt bulbs gone; 40s, 60s in bull’s-eye – Government mandate forcing consumers to use CFLs


Let’s see, compact fluorescent lamps are feared as a fire hazard that could burn down your home, may damage skin, contain mercury so that if one is broken, a hazmat team is recommended to do cleanup, and cost much more than incandescents.

So of course the government is mandating that CFLs replace the older technology bulbs.

The nation took another step in that direction today, with the ban on 75-watt bulbs taking effect. No more will be made in the U.S. or imported. They joined the 100-watt bulbs, which came under the same sentence of banishment a year ago. Next year, it’s the 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs that will go away.

The changes were set up by a law signed by former President George W. Bush in 2007 and has been promoted as a way to go green, and save energy. But unaddressed are a number of concerns, including lower light levels, a report that suggests CFLs might cause damage to skin by releasing UV rays, and others.



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