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Dark daze

No, nobody is coming for your guns wood stoves charcoal grills air conditioning gas stoves ICE-engine cars incandescent light bulbs. That’s just another silly-assed right-wing Conspiracy Theory, that’s all.

If you like your light bulb, you can’t keep your light bulb. The Biden administration is seeing to that. Well, to be fair you can keep whatever incandescent light bulbs you may currently own, but you won’t be able to replace them. That is because today is the day when the ban on the sale and manufacture of most incandescent light bulbs officially goes into effect. From here on out, your options will likely be limited to LEDs and fluorescents.

The funny thing is that this is not exactly news. People have known about it for years, and although it occasionally popped up in news stories or your local radio host’s “stack of stuff,” no one enforced it. I remember years ago when the word first came out that incandescents were on the hit list; my wife and I went to the local home improvement store and bought a small stockpile. Since there are only two of us and we don’t use that much power, we still have most of them. I have yet to hit the area stores to see if the shelves have been cleaned out by light bulb hoarders.

National Review notes that the Democrats passed the bill to ban the bulbs by phasing them out in 2007, and then-president George W. Bush even signed it into law. Obama tightened up the standards on incandescents to speed the process up. Trump rolled the whole affair back, and Biden resurrected the effort last year.

I recall reading years ago someplace that the ban came about due to GE pressing FederalGovCo hard for one during the Dubya reign of error, saying that incandescents had become so cheap they couldn’t make any real money off ‘em anymore. No, I ain’t gonna go hunt up a supporting link, you’ll just have to take my word for it.

So light ’em if you got ’em. Ads appearing on the back channels of the web advertising incandescent light bulbs should be arriving any day now. DOE enforcement officers may be kicking down the doors of the last mom-and-pop hardware stores to confiscate stockpiles of outlaw bulbs. You could be walking down the sidewalk and hear a whisper from the shadows, “Psst! Hey, buddy. Wanna buy a light bulb?”

Is there some sort of kickback or business deal tied to the ban on incandescent light bulbs? Possibly. I certainly wouldn’t put it past our elected and appointed officials to game the system. MRCTV has reported on Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm’s connections with the EV industry, and we know that the Biden administration is in bed with the solar industry. But overall, I suspect that this is being done because it can be done. This is one more rule, one more law, one way to remind you that there is nothing that the Uniparty can’t control, even if it means something as small as your light bulbs.

Can, and most assuredly will—for exactly as long as we sit still for it and let it happen, and not one micromillisecond longer. Until such time, they’re only just getting started, really.


6 thoughts on “Dark daze

  1. The ban is bullshit. You should be able to buy whatever kind of bulb you want.

    LED bulbs are much better than when the ban originally began. At that time I bought about 100 incandescent bulbs, about half 60watt and the other half 100watt. Still have some left but the LED’s are so much better now – the light is as good, they produce very little heat, the price is now very reasonable, and they typically last long enough to make the price better than the incandescent.

    So, other than trying to stick your thumb in the eye of the government I wouldn’t rush out to buy the incandescent’s.

    Fuck Joe Biden and the cabal running him.

    1. Incandescents are useful if you need the heat. eg, heat lamps for new-hatched chicks. eg, traffic lights in snowy areas.

      Did you hear about the northern cities which replaced the bulbs in traffic lights with LEDs (or maybe got entirely new traffic light units to make use of LEDs; the articles weren’t clear). They bragged about the energy savings … until they got complaints about the lights being covered with snow, and some people fighting traffic tickets because the lights had been obscured. Turns out that the heat from the bulbs melted the snow which covered the colored lenses. This was a thing that was known most of a century ago but had been forgotten. One of the modern approaches to fixing it is to continue to use LEDs but put a heat coil around the colored lens, to melt the snow. One might wonder how much more expensive traffic light units will be, and how much more often they’ll break down because of temperature sensors, heating units, control circuitry, and who knows what else.

      1. True, the heat can be useful in certain cases, like wintertime in a cold house (although not as cheap as other heat sources), or for their simplicity (light and heat).

        No, I hadn’t heard about the traffic light problem. That’s pretty funny actually, but those kinds of things happen. I suppose it’s cheaper to use the heating coil with a thermostat, so you save the energy anytime it’s not below freezing.

      1. You’re right and there’s an awful lot of spitting that needs doing…

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