Fed Law BANS 40w
And 60w Light Bulbs
By Ted Twietmeyer
| It's official. One hundred watt bulbs were already
banned - now 60 watt and 40 watt bulbs are banned, too. During 2014 stores
can continue to sell incandescent light bulbs they have until stock runs
out. It is now illegal to manufacture incandescent bulbs in America. America's
last GE light bulb manufacturing plant has shut down, laying off 200 workers.
When a incandescent lamp is first turned on, a low brief inrush of current occurs briefly higher than the bulb's normal current. Whenever you turn on a CFL florescent lamp inrush current is always quite high, drawing many amps above the normal operating current. This is caused by a large value capacitor in the bulb's electronic power supply when it is charged from zero volts to full line voltage. High in-rush current can shorten the life of on/off switches used in household items like ceiling fans, table and desk lamps, etc... Wall switches (which are rated at 15 amps) usually can handle this inrush current, but not the small push-button or rotatable on/off switches used in household items.
To increase small switch life in household items, simply leave a CFL lamp on if you'll be using it again soon. For example, again after lunch or dinner. The fewer power cycles a small power switch experiences, the longer that switch will last.
FLORESCENT LAMPS - A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD
It's somewhat ironic that a CFL lamp, which is many times more efficient than incandescent lamps when operating, draws high current at start-up which can shorten the life of switches used to turn them on and off. You save power now, but can end up paying more for a repair later.
Most household ovens have screw-in incandescent light bulbs. Neither LED or CFL lights can ever be used in ovens. Reason - electronic power supplies built into LED or CFL lamps will fail at temperatures inside ovens, even at low temperatures of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Oven temperatures far exceed the operating temperature of ALL electronic components. Cooking temperatures cause permanent electronic component failure. Even military-grade electronic components cannot function at these temperatures. It's highly unlikely small 25 watt bulbs will be banned which are used in ovens. However, it will not be economical for any American company to manufacture only small bulb sizes in America. You will probably find all future appliance bulbs for sale will be made in China, Korea or elsewhere.
Refrigerators are another story. When a CFL light is first turned on, it can take a over a minute to reach full brightness when cold. And there is still the inrush current problem even when cold. Will door switches on older refrigerators be able to withstand the higher starting current? Replacing a door switch on any refrigerator requires a expensive house call. Often these switches are hard to replace, if a new replacement switch is still available. Few appliances are engineered for easy access and repair (like most motor vehicles are, too.)
Newer refrigerators often have LEDs inside, but there are still millions of refrigerators in use which use incandescent lights. A refrigerator usually has to be designed from scratch by a manufacturer to use LEDs. Two or more LEDs are mounted at strategic locations inside the refrigerator to provide sufficient light to see food.
Car mechanics have used ruggedized light bulbs in trouble lights for decades to repair vehicles. Tapping or banging any lit non-ruggedized incandescent light bulb (which jars the white-hot filament) causes it to quickly burn out. Ruggedized light bulbs have additional filament supports inside the bulb to help prevent failure. These specialized incandescent bulbs are similar to those used in ceiling fans.
PIT BULL OF RECYCLING - END OF LIFETIME PRODUCTS
Incandescent lamps are 100% recyclable. Glass, internal wires, tungsten filament, etc... LED and CFL lights are completely NON-recyclable.
Each dead CLF bulb contains:
* 2 milligrams of mercury, partially in gas form.
* Toxic phosphor coating inside the lamp glass. Converts ultraviolet light from energized mercury gas to white light.
* Useless circuit boards and burned electronic components. No gold.
* Hard thermoplastic case which cannot be melted down and reused for anything. When burned it releases toxic compounds.
Each dead LED "bulb" contains:
* Arsenic is present inside each one of the numerous LED chips. Arsenic is not economically recoverable. Although it may be present in tiny quantities, what happens to all that arsenic when tens or hundreds of millions of these lamps when disposed of in the near future?
* Non-recyclable circuit boards and no gold.
* Unusable epoxy compound encases each LED chip. Separating the worn-out LED chips from epoxy is difficult and expensive.
* Hard thermoplastic case cannot be melted down or reused for anything. When burned it releases toxic compounds.
Thank you Congress, lobbyists and green uninformed idiots for making life harder and more toxic than it was before, and helping to create MORE non-recyclable waste.
People may want to stock up on ruggedized incandescent light bulbs used in ceiling fans and kitchen appliances. A shortage of these bulbs may happen in 2014. At the very least, the price of these bulbs could rise dramatically now that all manufacturing has left America.
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