Sep 2, 2009

Dim future for energy saving light bulbs

The European Union has admitted that the new energy saving light bulbs are not as bright as traditional bulbs (incandescent) and claims about the amount of light they produce are "exaggerated".

Soon they will be the only kind of light bulb allowed, but now officials in Brussels have admitted that energy-saving bulbs are not as bright as the old-fashioned kind they are replacing.

From tomorrow a Europe-wide ban on traditional incandescent bulbs will begin to be rolled out, with a ban on 100W bulbs and old-style frosted or pearled bulbs.

Buyers of the compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), are told on the packaging that they shine as brightly as an old-fashioned bulb.

The European Commission, which was responsible for the ban, has now conceded that this is "not true" and that such claims by manufacturers are "exaggerated".

Will liberal “greenies” in this country back off on their threat to ban incandescent bulbs by the year 2012?

Probably not, with left-wing liberals it’s all about control.

Never mind that curly bulbs are not as bright - we can use more.

Never mind that they don’t last as long as promised - we can buy them more often.

Never mind that they take longer to reach full brightness - we can leave them on longer.

Never mind that they are hazardous - we can buy Hazmat gear to wear when we dispose of them.

A Congress that gave us the Cash for Clunkers disaster and now wants to control our health-care has promised to impose on us a hazardous light bulb that cost more and does less.

The phrase, “they are not as bright as the old-fashioned kind they are replacing" also applies to the politicians who are making these laws.