[CHASM Comment: If the “replacements” for the incandescent bulbs are mercury-containing compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), then add this scheme to the list of “environmental” transformations of dubious environmental benefit.]
WASHINGTON — Homeowners looking to replace some 75-watt light bulbs
around the house are running out of time.
A federal law started Tuesday that stops 75-watt incandescent bulbs
from being made or imported.
The bulbs are being phased out for more energy efficient bulbs.
They will still be sold at stores as retailers can sell the rest of
their existing stock.
Forty-watt and 60-watt incandescent bulbs will be phased out next year.
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Texas Incandescent Light Bulb Bill Becomes Law
Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a bill that would permit the manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs within the state of Texas, thus circumnavigating a federal law banning their use by 2012.
So, unless and until the law is overturned in the courts, it will still be legal for Texans to buy traditional incandescent light bulbs in lieu of the more energy efficient, but also much more expensive and environmentally hazardous florescent light bulbs. That is at least in theory. Tungsten, an element in incandescent light bulbs, is not mined in Texas. If it is imported from out of state, a court might suggest that it makes the home grown manufacture of light bulbs interstate commerce and thus subject to the federal ban.