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Old 01-01-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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Who uses 75W light bulbs?

I guess there getting rid of incandescent light bulbs eventually, and as of today they aren't producing 75W light bulbs anymore. I don't know about you guys but I think I've only ever used 60W and 100W bulbs.

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I've used 75s before but I switched to fluorescent years ago.

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They aren't completely getting rid of the incandescent bulbs, they are being replaced with better efficiency ones. 100-watts are being replaced with a 72-watt that produces as much light, just not as much heat. 60-watts will be replaced with a 48-watt. They are still not as efficient as the compact fluorescent bulbs or the L.E.D.'s, but those are not ideal for some applications.
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Our government, in it's all-knowing wisdom, has banned production of incandescent light bulbs over 60 watts. Everything is going to CFL now. It seems a company called General Electric lobbied Congress to get the legislation passed. This, in effect, put several light bulb manufacturers out of business. But GE, they just modernized a plant that makes that makes the CFL's, they're in pretty good shape now that most of their competition has been eliminated.

Oh, forgot to mention this. The CFL's, you cant throw them away. They have to be taken to a recycling center to be sent back to the manufacturer. Because they contain potentially toxic levels of Mercury. Don't know what you're supposed to do if you break one at home. Maybe call the EPA and have them send a Hazmat team? I work part time at a DIY store. If we break a bulb in the store we have special clean-up bags to put the remains in.

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They didn't ban the incandescent, they just required them to be more energy efficient. You had a technology that hadn't been updated in 100-years, and it forced the manufacturers to invest some R&D into the product. There is an incandescent halogen on the market that only uses 48-watts, yet produces as much light output when compared to a standard 60-watt. That meets the new energy guidelines.
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What the government did was to set the efficiency standards so high a regular incandescent bulb could never be certified. Unable to reach certification, most manufacturers ceased production of a product they could not sell.

GE does however still manufacture incandescents. Because there are facilities that are exempt from the energy standards. The new standards did not apply to all government buildings so they can still use the old bulbs. Remember, only two manufacturers were represented on President Obama's economic recovery team. Caterpiller, and General Electric.
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Yes, they made it so the existing technology couldn't work. So they made better light bulbs. Here are the specs on the incandescent lamps made by Philips:

29-watt incandescent replaces a 40-watt incandescent
43-watt incandescent replaces a 60-watt incandescent
72-watt incandescent replaces a 100-watt incandescent


And that is just one of the manufacturers. For a traditional incandescent light bulb, over 75% of the energy consumed was creating heat, not light. The new standard was created to stop wasting that much energy (unless you use your light fixtures for heating purposes).
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So now we're not spending as much on electricity but the light bulbs cost ten times more and there are recycling issues. All to save a few pennies worth of electricity. Government needs to get it's snoot outa' our lives.
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They didn't ban the incandescent, they just required them to be more energy efficient. You had a technology that hadn't been updated in 100-years, and it forced the manufacturers to invest some R&D into the product. There is an incandescent halogen on the market that only uses 48-watts, yet produces as much light output when compared to a standard 60-watt. That meets the new energy guidelines.
If it ain't broke don't fix it. We can list a hundred other things that are inefficent or wasteful without even leaving the city of WA DC.
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The new incandescent lamps do not have the recycling issues the CFL's do, and they are nowhere near as much money as a CFL. They are more expensive than the old incandescent lamps, but they also last longer.

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