Critics of new bulbs generate more heat than light
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By MATTHEW R. AUER

American Citizens: Wrap your lighting fixtures in razor wire! Guard your pantries! 2012 is coming! And so are the Light Bulb Police – to confiscate your 100-watt incandescent bulbs and ticket you for using old technology! So goes the hysterical strain of what some are calling “the light bulb ban” – a misreading, deliberate or otherwise, of a provision in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.

That act requires manufacturers to cease producing conventional 100-watt incandescent bulbs after January 1, 2012. On New Year’s Day, the clock also starts ticking on a 24-month phase-out of old-fashioned, lower-wattage incandescents like conventional 60-watt bulbs.

In fact, the 2007 law does not ban incandescent bulbs. It bans manufacture of old-fashioned incandescent bulbs.

In their place, consumers can purchase energy-saving incandescents, with the familiar, fat, round heads. The new bulbs contain a halogen-filled gas capsule…………… continues on Kansas City Star
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