Did President Bush sign a bill to retire incandescent light bulbs?



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    A: Yes. In 2007, President George W. Bush signed a federal energy bill that revised the standards of efficiency for light bulbs. This was done after research showed that 90% of the standard light bulb’s energy was wasted on heat. The bill did not ban the 130 year-old incandescent light bulbs from the market, but instead required an alternative that used 25-30% less energy. 

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      yes it is a ban: Any bulb not reaching the standard is banned,
      and a Halogen incandescent is not the same as a regular incandescent (whiter light etc apart from much higher expense for relatively small savings)

      not really Bush behind thiseither

      After all:
      Why do all the major light bulb manufacturers welcome being told what
      light bulbs they can make?

      How manufacturers and vested interests have pushed for the ban on
      regular light bulbs, and lobbied for CFL favors, on
      with documentation and copies of official

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    What was the name of the bill signed by President George Bush that will eliminate incandescent light bulbs in 2012? And was it a bill by itself or was it part of another unrelated bill that Pres. Bush was compelled to sign, since there is no “line item veto” permitted?

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    The name is the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and the bulbs will be phased out between 2012 and 2014.

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    Wrong answers here:

    It is a BAN –

    and it is an effective ban on ALL INCANDESCENT lighting on the market

    Not only a ban on simple incandescents starting 2012 (28% energy reduction reqd) but also on all known incandescents before 2020 (67% energy reduction reqd to 45 lumen per Watt),
    including therefore the Philips etc Halogens
    – which the politicians waving them around like to keep VERY quiet about.

    The Energy Information Administration at Dept of Energy (see their
    press releases) also confirm that any lamp on the market in 2020
    “will have to be as efficient as CFLs” by such time.

    Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on view!)
    incandescents can’t technically be made to such energy usage,
    and even if they could, the profit -seeking manufacturers behind the
    ban (see website link in previous reply) would be unlikely to pursue it given the high cost of such bulbs relative to more profitable CFLs/LEDs.

    Of course, even during the time they’re allowed,

    the Halogen etc replacements are not the same, have a different light quality as well as being more expensive for marginal savings, and are therefore unpopular with both consumers and politicians,
    and are hardly available anyway (and only in smaller ranges) in post-ban EU and  Australia.

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