The Light Bulb Controversy

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The Controversy

First off, I would like you to know that I have no problem using a bulb that will save energy and save on my energy bill. What I do have a problem with is the government telling me I have no choice as to which light bulb I use in my home. America was founded on our personal right to choose. And I am so glad that that principle won out in the end. However, I still have a bad taste in my mouth about the whole bulb business. This current Administration seems to believe that they know better than we do about almost everything. They want to control every aspect of our lives. They and former politicians like Al Gore gain a tidy sum if we are forced to use their products and don’t kid yourselves they own large amounts of stock in these companies.

The Old Incandescent Bulb

This is the good old light bulb that has been used for about the last one hundred years. It uses the most energy of all the bulbs on the market. It also gives off the most heat; which is really annoying if you touch it and get burned. But, it turns right on, with no waiting for it to brighten up. It will last about 1,000 hours or 125 days if used for eight hours every day. They have come out with a halogen incandescent bulb that uses about 30% less energy and acts just like the old bulb. You can use a dimmer switch on both. The halogen bulb costs a few dollars more than the old one.

The Spiral Bulbs

These are the ones, most pushed by the government. It is  a compact fluorescent light that needs awhile to light up and then produces a much harsher light than the incandescent. This light bulb also contains mercury and has to be carefully recycled. I wonder, do we have to call the hazmat team to come and clean it up, if one breaks? Mercury is not something you want in your home or around children. Why would the government try to shove these dangerous bulbs at us? Could it be kickbacks? I know I sound like a conspirorist, but in this Obama world, that he has created, it does make you wonder. These bulbs cost anywhere from $5 to $10 dollars apiece and can last up to 3 ½ years if used for 8 hours each day.


The newest and most like the old incandescent bulb is the LED. It can be dimmed, stays cool, and turns right on. It does not contain mercury and looks more like the incandescent bulbs we have always used. There are a couple of big differences and I mean big; this light bulb costs anywhere from $20 to $60 dollars. But, it also has the capacity to last for twenty to forty years and uses 85% less energy than the old bulb. If you can spend the money, this sounds like the best deal, especially, if you don’t have children or pets to knock over lamps and break your light bulbs. For that money, you might want to just use them for ceiling lighting. They say that the price of this bulb will become less expensive as they become more available. So, there you have it. I am sure there will be many more versions to come. Choose which ones fit your home and your budget, while our right to choose it still legal. Perhaps we can get Politians, who still remember what America stands for in the White House next year.

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