House Expected to Repeal Light Bulb Ban

In 2007, Congress passed a law that created a de facto ban on the use of incandescent light bulbs. You know, those cheap, effective light bulbs we’ve used since Edison? The law was designed – by big-government lobbyists and environmentalists – to mandate the use of the more expensive, more profitable energy-efficient bulbs. They’re supposed to last 7 years but cost about 10 times more than the traditional light bulbs.

As with most fiats handed down by Washington, the losers are the American people.  Not only are the bulbs more expensive, they also potentially dangerous.  Both have created an uproar amongst the American people. The compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) flicker, which can cause seizures among people who are prone to them. The bulbs also contain mercury, which makes cleanup difficult and tedious if one breaks.

Beyond the potential health risks associated with these bulbs is the larger question of jobs and the economy. Most of these new bulbs are manufactured overseas, and the old incandescent bulbs have been discontinued in the U.S., costing thousands of jobs.

With unemployment now at 9.2%, how could Congress allow the decimation of this industry to continue?

There is hope for American consumers and the incandescent industry though. Next week, the House is expected to vote on H.R.2417, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act, which would reverse the de facto ban on such bulbs. This will not only help are manufacturing industry (which President Obama has conspicuously begun promoting recently), but will help cash-strapped Americans in the recession who need to tighten their belts wherever possible, and spending more on light bulbs just isn’t an option.

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