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Government Bans Regular Light Bulbs and LED Replacements Will Cost $50 Each!  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

This story fits into the title of this site most suitably. What else can you say when you learn the government is doing away with a 50 cent light bulb and replacing it with one that will cost us $50. Can you believe it? It doesn’t make much sense to me, does it to you? Of course, it’s government bureaucracy we’re dealing with, which rarely makes sense.

Two years ago, before Obama, incandescent light bulbs were fine. Now that we have a progressive President,  gasoline prices have almost doubled.

  • Food and energy costs increased the past two years ago
  • The border (that our President, Homeland Security, and Justice Department pretend is secure), has millions of illegal immigrants getting put on government subsidies.
  • Then, we get a $50 light bulb.

Associated Press reported today that “Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January.”

“Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect.”

Take a look at this impressive slide show.

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The complaint is that traditional “incandescent” bulbs waste most of the electricity that feeds them and turns into heat. It’s true. I’ve used a 60-watt bulb in a wooded home made dehydrator. The bulb put out enough heat over night to dehydrate banana chips, raisins, and apricot halves. The 100-watt bulb, in particular, has been used to heat up Hasbro’s Easy-Bake Oven. Now what are we doing to do when these light bulbs are gone?

To encourage energy efficiency, Congress passed a law in 2007 mandating that bulbs producing 100 watts worth of light meet certain efficiency goals, starting in 2012. Conventional light bulbs don’t meet those goals, so the law will prohibit making or importing them. The same rule will apply to remaining bulbs 40 watts and above in 2014. Since January, California has already banned stores from restocking 100-watt incandescent bulbs.

The problem seems to be finding a way to produce light that can be made into a viable light source without it costing an arm and a leg. That is a tall order. They have tried to use organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, has had problems reaching mass production. OLEDs are glowing sheets or tiles. But making OLEDs that are big, bright, cheap and long-lasting enough for use as light sources has proved difficult.
LEDs are efficient, durable and produced in great quantities, but they are still expensive. An LED bulb can contain a dozen light-emitting diodes, or tiny semiconductor chips, which cost about $1 each. The big problem with LEDs is that although they don’t produce as much heat as incandescent bulbs, the heat they do create shortens the lifespan and reduces the efficiency of the chips.

The bottom line is the bulb they have come up with is expensive now but they expect the price to be down around $10 by 2015. Until then, we will be paying the high prices for the new bulbs. We can resist and stock pile the bulbs before we can no longer get them, but inevitably, we will have to adjust to the new bulbs. What will we do with the items we have that require heat from the incandescent bulbs?

We live in times of technology and that means we must keep up with the times or it will leave us in the dust as it becomes the norm. We might as well get in the groove, as much as we hate to, and get used to the new bulbs. They are supposed to last ten years; they better when they cost $50. We will see!

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