Still researching this rumor about all light bulbs being replaced by the new, compact florescent light bulbs….is a ban coming?
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Update, 2018: The predicted ban on incandescent lights continued until 2014. One of the last updates I found reported the following bans:
100 watt and 150 watt incandescent A-lamp – banned January 1, 2012
75 watt incandescent A-lamp – banned January 1, 2013
60 watt incandescent A-lamp – banned January 1, 2014
40 watt incandescent A-lamp – banned January 1, 2014
Was there a true incandescent light bulb ban?
Source: Regency Lighting
President Bush approved the Energy Independence and Security Act EISA, and it’s part of that act to phase out what are called “inefficient” energy technology. As of 2016, EISA was still in place and any light bulb that did not meet energy efficiency standards has been phased out.
Incandescent light bulbs still on the market must meet EISA standards.
I’m not so disturbed about EISA, as long as we are not forced to use what I consider harmful lighting. If they truly are requiring that incandescent light be more energy-efficient, that’s great. That’s not the same as mandating fluorescent light use.
California mandating use of fluorescent lights?
More disturbing trends….just read that the state of California has proposed to mandate the use of florescents to conserve energy….at what cost, people, at what cost?
More concerns…in addition to mercury, this type of lighting typically contains pcb’s. Here’s what the Environment, Health and Safety Online website has to say about the danger of this substance:
“The primary concern regarding the disposal of used fluorescent ballasts is the health risk associated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Human exposure to these possible carcinogens can cause skin, liver, and reproductive disorders.”
Also related, my earlier post on Walmart’s goal to sell compact fluorescents to the world
It’s pretty well known that fluorescent lights can cause some people to have headaches, migraines and even seizures. Part of the reason is light flicker. I can certainly notice it when I have to use the florescent lights that were here at my place when I bought it. I don’t ever intend to replace those bulbs and I rarely turn them on but when I do, it isn’t long before I get a headache. People who work all day in fluorescent lighting often report headaches, eyestrain and other symptoms of discomfort.