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Thanks to the ruling elite who know far better than the rest of us what types of products we should have and use, effective January 1st, the United States will ban the production of an item that has been in American homes for over 100 years, the incandescent light bulb. Thomas Edison must be spinning in his grave. You'll still be able to buy them until existing inventory sells through, so stock up now.
George W. Bush proved that he was no real conservative when he signed into law the bill that phases out the traditional light bulb. Sure compared to Barack Obama, he is a right wing nut job as my liberal friends would say, but no true conservative would take a safe and reliable product used by nearly everybody and force people to have to go to more expensive, and in some cases, more hazardous products. That is not how the free market works.
Granted, the choices we will now have will last longer and save you on your electric bill, but the initial outlay is a bit much for the average person's wallet, especially those who live paycheck to paycheck. It is really going to be a hardship for lower and middle income families. I am not crazy about any of the options the government is forcing upon its citizenry. Just another little bit of our freedom being taken away from us.
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The other option that folks have to choose from are LED lights. LED lights apparently aren't much safer as they may contain arsenic and lead. Again, there are very detailed instructions on cleaning up an LED light if they break. One site I saw said to wear gloves and a mask when cleaning up a broken LED light and to use a broom, no vacuum. Then dispose of those gloves, mask, and broom after cleaning. Also, LED lights are extremely expensive.
Today, I did my grocery shopping at my local Wegman's Supermarket. I decided to pick up a few packs of incandescent bulbs. Unfortunately, there was only one 4-pack of 60 watt bulbs available. I looked at some of the options available to me and was saddened. Some of the LED lights were nearly $20 per bulb. I conservatively have about 20 light bulbs in my house. When I do have to replace them, they usually come in bunches. That is not an outlay of cash that I am prepared to make. Hopefully, there will be something more affordable. Until then, I will be stocking up on my incandescent bulbs while I can.