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Funding of supervision of USA incandescent ban still being blocked (thanks Rik for this)

" Last month the House passed an amendment proposed by Representative... Michael Burgess, a Republican from Texas, to prevent the US Energy Department from enforcing efficiency rules that were introduced with support from both sides of the house under the George W Bush administration 10 years ago.

Burgess, who has opposed the bulb ban for years, said Congress “should fight to preserve the free market” and that the regulations will “take away consumer choice when constituents are deciding which light bulbs they will use in their homes ”.

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Republicans in the US Congress are trying to stop the enforcement of the country’s ban on incandescent light bulbs, claiming it limits consumer choice.
luxreview.com
Peter Dublin shared a link to the group: Incandescent Light Bulb (Glühbirne) Alliance.

(message I got from a member)
My name is Christina. I am the CEO of Righi Licht AG located at Immensee, Switzerland. We produce incandescent light bulbs for sig...nals, ovens, sewing machines and "decoration". www.theurbancottage.com is selling some of our products in the UK.
If you have any questions or requests don't hesitate contacting me.
I am very pleased other people like the incandescent light bulbs like me and are fighting for "good light" - we should have the right to choose!

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Drei Fabriken haben das europaweite Verkaufsverbot überlebt, davon eine in der Schweiz: Patron Hans Borner überlegt nun, seine 110-jährige Righi Licht zu schliessen.
aargauerzeitung.ch
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USA The Competitive Enterprise Institute has a wealth of articles defending incandescent light bulbs
https://cei.org/search/node/incandescent
This is also of r...elevance given that a Director there is leading the Environmental Protection Agency transition
( https://www.scientificamerican.com/…/trump-picks-top-clima…/ )

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to overturn the impending ban on the incandescent light bulb. That's fine, we certainly don’t expect everyone to agree or it wouldn’t have been banned in the first place. But he makes a number of questionable claims that are worth addressing, and includes unnecessary personal attacks.
cei.org

Trump Hits the NANNY State His First Day in Office!

In The last days of the Obama administration, the Energy Department banned the production and distribution of your three-way bulb, the globe lightbulb...
independentsentinel.com

US Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry in 2011 signed the Texas bulb ban repeal bill into law.
The Texas angle extends to Congress where the House energy commit...tee and reps Joe Barton, Michael Burgess along with Ted Poe and others have worked alongside Rick Perry's team in seeking to repeal the ban, achieving a block of funding of federal implementation nationwide albeit not a repeal of the law itself, yet....

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State lawmakers have passed a bill that allows Texans to skirt federal efforts to promote more efficient light bulbs, which ultimately pushes the swirled, compact fluorescent bulbs over the 100-watt
nation.foxnews.com

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” - Einstein

An X-Ray paints a thousand words. I know which design wins hands-down.

osa-opn.org

beginnings are always humble - it would be interesting to see if it were possible to learn to make a proper tungsten filament light bulb DIY style (I mean one that's similar to the real thing and one that would be a useful and viable tungsten incandescent replacement)

In my initial attempts at making homemade incandescent lamps (see Homemade Light Bulbs (failed initial attempts)), I didn't know the proper way to work with leaded glass. I worked it as if it were a borosilicate glass with a low melting point, so I was always using a soft flame, and tried not to hea...
randombytes.net

Sep 28 Lux Review
US cities are taking a second look at LED street lighting after the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a warning

US cities are taking a second look at LED street lighting after the American Medical Association issued a warning earlier in the year that blue light can disturb sleep rhythms and exacerbate serious medical conditions.
luxreview.com
Manufacturers are revealed to be exploiting a loophole in European tests to exaggerate the brightness and energy use of their products
theguardian.com

In relation to the new EU bulb ban recently announced...
In the UK, supermarkets and major hardware stores have already
"stockpiled tens of millions of bulbs to please customers, ensuring they would be able to buy the old-style bulbs for years to come"

Britain's biggest retailers are defying an EU crackdown on halogen spotlights by stockpiling up to five years' worth of the popular light bulbs.
telegraph.co.uk

Mercury is so potent, that the amount found in a single household medical thermometer could contaminate more than seven Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Canadian lawmakers who have encouraged consumers to buy compact fluorescent lights for years, will soon set out rules for how to dispose of them.
cbc.ca

"Environmentalists are incandescent that lightbulbs have been excluded from the new rules"

Well now - there are 2 kinds of "environmentalists"!

The NEW ...
techno-CO2-green-activist is oblivious to all other environmental effects: Look at the Diesel Car debacle, were diesel cars have been found far more polluting of poisonous gases, but were "OK" from having lower CO2 gas emissions
And -- light bulbs, unlike cars, don't give out any gases.
Power plants might, and might not.
If there'a a problem - deal with the problem.
The supposed energy savings don't hold up anyway,
on the off-peak use of night time power supply operating at minimum levels that are not lowered,
on the greater life cycle energy use of complex bulbs from mining to delivery including transport in all stages and from more profitable distant (China) manufacture,
and on the heat benefit when it's cold and dark, and other factors covered via pinned post references and elsewhere

So the TRADITIONAL
type of green activist looking at simple safe environmentally mineral sparing non-health threatening usage of sustainably made bulbs by small local non-global manufacturers would NEVER "be incandescent" about their exclusion.

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Environmentalists say lighting industry has been given ‘free pass’ after being exempted in tightened loopholes on energy performance advertising
theguardian.com

Seeing the Light

Actress hopes EU exit will bring back 60 watt lightbulbs and high-powered hairdryers
thesun.co.uk

The average person is now exposed to artificial light from 17 to 20 hours a day, seven hours more than the average exposure to natural daylight, says Johanne Ro...by, professor of chemistry at CÉGEP de Sherbrooke and an organizing member of Artificial Light at Night, a series of worldwide conferences dedicated to examining artificial light at night.

“Our body is not able to distinguish daytime from nighttime anymore and … can’t rest. It’s just getting worse and worse, and it’s starting to be scary,” she says. All around us, we’re being exposed to more artificial light than ever, and the increasing efficiency of that light is creating harmful consequences.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine and the American Medical Association have published research that says this exposure heightens the risk of sleep disorders, diabetes, obesity, even cancer.

Manon Bouchard and Christine Renaud are petitioning to stop the proliferation of LED lights and what they see as the over-lighting of cities.

They say it’s time to make decisions with future generations of Quebecers in mind.

“Maybe we will spend more money if we buy sodium lights instead of white LED lights, for example, but we will save on humans’ health and on cancer treatments’ costs,” says Renaud. “Isn’t that logical?”
Incandescent Anna Glen Johnson

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LED white lights are efficient, but what are they doing to our health?
montrealgazette.com
Touted by efficiency advocates but shunned by many consumers, corkscrew-shaped CFLs are getting the boot from retailers and manufacturers.
news.nationalgeographic.com
Many of us in the effort to save energy and money, replaced our old standard light bulbs with environmentally-friendly with the new generation energy saving light bulbs. However, the new generation of energy efficient light bulbs are so toxic that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created an…
healthmagazine365.com
The trouble with regulations is that they freeze technological progress.
fee.org

About life bulb life times, given the mentioned LED lifetime issues...
Good article by Markus Krajewski, one of the researchers who uncovered much of how manufacturers deliberately made (and make?) short lasting light bulbs

The Phoebus cartel engineered a shorter-lived lightbulb and gave birth to planned obsolescence
spectrum.ieee.org