Yes Virginia, the bulbs are banned

For some reason, Democrats and their enablers in the legacy media don’t want you to believe that light bulbs are banned, and engage in amazing hair-splitting to deny the fact. For example:

Opponents often describe the standards as a “lightbulb ban,” arguing that the rules would greatly restrict consumer choice by pushing out traditional incandescent bulbs in favor of more expensive, but more efficient, LED (light emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs.

But the standards do not ban incandescent bulbs. They instead require them to be more efficient. While more efficient lightbulbs are often more expensive at the point of sale, experts note they save consumers money on their electricity bills over the long term.

Take that, straw man! No one contests the proposition that high-efficiency lighting saves money in the long run. People like incandescent bulbs because of the quality of their light. So, do high-efficiency incandescent bulbs generate the same quality light as traditional light bulbs?

If you’ve ever used a high-efficiency incandescent bulb, you know the answer is no. The light is colder and harsher, not so much as a fluorescent bulb, but visibly more so than a traditional bulb.

Moreover, this is what you would expect from the physics. Different physical processes tend to generate different spectra. Scientists often use those spectra to identify things that they cannot observe directly. We don’t  know how to craft a made-to-order spectrum, at least not inexpensively. So if you change the process to generate less heat, you’re almost certainly going to change the spectrum.

5 Responses to Yes Virginia, the bulbs are banned

  1.  lighthouse says:

    Having problem posting link here..

    Certainly it is a ban,
    Setting standards that do not allow certain bulbs is obviously the same as banning them, even if it politically sounds more suitable to “phase them out”!

    As for “not being a ban on incandescents”, that is in effect not true either.
    It is effectively a progressive ban on incandescent technology too, at least in the USA and Europe:
    The touted Halogen type replacements, will be banned too on the 45 lumen per watt end regulation, as defined in part 2 of EISA beginning after 2014
    – which politicians and journalists keep VERY quiet about..
    see Dunday com

  2.  lighthouse says:

    The Halogen and other replacement type incandescents have already existed for some time, and are not popular with either consumers or politicians, as they cost much more for marginal energy savings, so politicians have not pushed their use with subsidies etc as with “energy saving” fluorescent bulbs (in California, Ohio, Washington etc replacement programs) .

    The replacement incandescents also have differences anyway, in light quality, in running hotter, and so on, compared to traditional simple incandescent bulbs, and in the EU the most popular frosted types are already banned.
    More on this issue:

    Finally, one has to be aware that the manufacturers supporting the ban would hardly seek to further improve incandescent technology, given the more profitable alternatives, as covered on the blog and website

  3.  lighthouse says:

    About “No one contests the proposition that high-efficiency lighting saves money in the long run”

    Certainly that can be contested – as also referenced:
    See the energy and savings sections of
    Dunday com the “Deception” rundown
    – cant post link here for some reason

  4. K. Crary says:

    Sorry for the delay; I moderate.

  5.  lighthouse says:

    Thanks K..
    re light quality that is also an issue with LEDs, basically pure light sources like lasers whether in RGB or “white LEDs” that mimic fluorescents with phosphorescent coating
    – so spiky emission spectra and low (true) color rendition index,
    unlike the smooth spectra of incandescents

    Incandescents do usually have a fixed warmer color temperature not always desirable, but that is part of the “all bulbs have advantages” logic, in 45 light average American households

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