Tomorrow the United States’ incandescent phase-out scheme bans incandescent halogen energy savers brighter than 43W (roughly equivalent to a 55W standard incandescent bulb).
The regulation has been found invalid, but the U.S. Government keeps acting as if this is not the case and keeps enforcing the scheme.
Despite most of the world falling for the same deceptive and easily refuted arguments from vested interests, this regulation is an extremely bad idea which will only lower light quality in everyone’s home, put health and the environment at risk and save almost nothing.
The only ones truly benefiting from the ban are lightbulb manufacturers who can sell new, lower quality, technically complicated patentable bulbs, costing up to several hundred times as much as the original lightbulb, and thereby make billions in profit.
Summary of why this regulation is such a bad idea:
Article showing how savings will be minuscule at best:
Rik Gheysen’s website
Freedom Lightbulb: How bans are wrongly justified
The Lamp Guide (lightbulb and home lighting guide for the confused consumer)
(See left margin for more related websites, info and article links about the ban.)