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DOE’s Latest Proposal to “Save” the Incandescent Is Illegal

As part of its relentless assault on energy efficiency, the Trump administration’s Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed NOT to update the minimum efficiency standards for the most common light bulbs in our homes and is holding a meeting on the topic today in Washington, D.C.
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Matt Chester on Oct 15, 2019

I find myself wondering (as I do, sadly, with many things these days) wondering what our grandchildren will think about this type of debate. Hopefully they'll be well past this back and forth and will be smugly disappointed that this was even a debate

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Doug Houseman on Oct 23, 2019

There are many uses of incandescent bulbs that LED and CFL do not fulfill from heat lamps for raising small animals and keeping water from freezing to use in rough duty and starting in outdoor temperatures that are well below zero. 

These uses make up a very small fraction of the bulbs in use. But until other options are available, these types of specialized bulbs should be retained. 

Both CFL and LED bulbs have a much shorter life with horrible power quality and that needs to be addressed. 

However - Most Incandescent bulbs should be banned and society should move to LEDs. The mercury in CFLs is no better for the environment than coal fired power plants. 

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Matt Chester on Oct 23, 2019

Both CFL and LED bulbs have a much shorter life with horrible power quality and that needs to be addressed. 

Doug-- I was under the impression that one of the lifecycle advantages of CFLs and, moreso, LEDs was their longer lifespan-- on the order of 10,000-25,000 hours vs. 1,000 hours for incandescents. Can you link to a resource that shows that's not the case (as I've not gotten to the end of life of any of my LEDs so I can't personally dispute)

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