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No Incandescents? What?!

I realize I’m late to the party here but…

What the heck is congress doing, banning incandescents???

I get really annoyed and upset when people try to decide my business for me. Apparently I’m too stupid to make my own decisions. On one hand, I’m dumbfounded that congress would do something like this. On the other hand, I guess it’s just me not wanting to believe the country is already socialist.

EDIT: OK… according to visgoth, it’s not as bad as I thought:

“And by the way… At least some of the media are over-simplifying again. Some sources might be getting it right, but others seem to not be. The bill does not ban incandescent light bulbs. It doesn’t specify any technologies. It sets standards for how much illumination has to be produced for a given energy consumption. Those standards are not met by current incandescents. It may be possible to improve incandescent technology to meet the standards.

I’m actually curious to see what happens in the High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) and Metal Halide (MH) arena. HPS are used extensively in indoor plant growing operations[1], and MH are the most effective existing technology[2] for growing corals in captivity. And my interest in where MH lighting is going isn’t only regarding my fish tanks, BTW. Captive grown corals are also being used in a lot of research.

[1] I’m thinking tomatoes, getting spring plants ready for market, that sort of thing. Not secret rooms in the basement.

[2] Aside from the fusion reactor which could be shut off for eight minutes before anybody realized it.”