A fella is selling rough service bulbs to avoid government rules
basically outlawing incandescents.
The smallest ones are 25 watt. I associate rough service bulbs with
trouble lights. Those are probably 60 to 100 watt if I recall correctly.
Yes, and the energy advocates know about the so-called "loophole". So,
there's a provision in the 2007 EISA legislation that was put in at the
behest of the energy advocates that says the shipments of rough service
lamps must be tracked by the lamp manufacturers. If it goes up by a certain
percent, then those bulbs can be regulated as well. The next round of
regulation discussions starts in January. Mr. Birnbaum is no hero in my
view as he will just make it tougher to get certain bulbs down the road
while he makes a short-term profit selling less efficient bulbs.
It's not so much that they've been outlawed, it's that they now have
to meet new efficiency standards. If a particular brand/model of
(certain kinds of) bulb can't meet the standards, it can no longer be
sold in the US. However, existing inventories can still be sold. Also,
the law exempts all kinds of specialty bulbs. The market has shifted
to CFLs to the degree that the bulb manufacturers don't see any issue
with this. In fact, they support it.
The "they're coming to get our lightbulbs" hysteria is a manufactured
controversy. Just like the so-called War on Christmas, which is
nothing more than RWNJs insisting on imposing their brand of political
correctness on everyone else by demanding we all speak our holiday
greetings in _only_ the approved RWNJ manner.
My understanding is that principally only the Edison base common wattage
incandescent bulbs will be taken off the market; 40, 60 and 100 Watt.
Incandescent bulbs for which no CFL's or LED's are available as direct
replacements will still be available for sale, and that includes all
your car's light bulbs, flood lights, insect lights, grow lights, etc.
But, if North America could replace all of it's 60 watt incandescent
bulbs with 13 watt CFL's, or LED's, that would mean a huge reduction in
energy consumption and a huge reduction in the amount of coal and
natural gas being burned to produce the needed electrical power.
I'm not sure (and haven't tried to look it up) what fraction of total
load is incandescent lighting to actually see how much of a percentage
in net generation it would make but I'd suspect it's not as much as one
might think. But, that aside, why should we arbitrarily put the coal
industry out of business and add them to the unemployment lines?
Restrictive Obama laws have been shutting down coal power plants around
But, the one I look at over the hill has been shut off for a couple years,
yet they still have it functioning in some manner. All lit up, and some
people work there. I hear sounds over the pa. Must be a reason.
(The Center was EPRI membership-funded research/development
specialization focus center with members from all over US so had contact
with quite a number is how might possibly know something from other
I'm near Pittsburgh. The plant is Elrama. I toured the plant as a high
school field trip many years ago. I know it had cut down emissions by over
It's old (early 50s) small units of roughly 100 MW each. Not much point
in doing anything major. Perhaps they've some need to have in mothball
status for a while until get replacement online but they weren't an I&C
Center sponsor so don't have any "indside" info...
Since then there have been a couple I'm aware of but they're all either
very small units (like 80 MWe or so) or the conversion hasn't actually
been a full conversion but rather introducing combined cycle or even by
experimental biomass conversion.
As a general, widespread rule, the conversion of large, reasonably
modern coal-fired plants to natural gas-fired units using same boilers,
etc., but just changing fuel source just hasn't happened (and isn't
likely going to happen in any large numbers even going down the road).
There will, presuming the EPA continues to take such a hostile stance to
coal, continue to be modifications such that the utilities can survive
but it's just not feasible to make a blanket conversion of existing
boilers--there's a lot more to burning coal and a lot more in
modification of a large boiler to burn gas than the general public thinks.
Whatever, you can be sure electricity prices are going to go up...
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