It has been a long time since I’ve gone off on a rantlet. I hope I remember how. I want to put up front and center stage that this isn’t about the type of light bulb that you use. Incandescent, fluorescent, LED, farts on fire, how you choose to illuminate your abode is your business. Although, if you choose the last option, I probably won’t be visiting. Sorry.
The issue on point is that, if you live in the United States, your choices of illumination just became smaller. As of January 1, 2014, companies are no longer allowed to produce or import incandescent bulbs, of any wattage. I haven’t done a whole lot of research, but I’m sure the same applies to individuals. Sorry Customs and Border Patrol, your job just became a bit more challenging! No, I don’t have anything to declare, I promise. That 3-way reading light bulb is a figment of your imagination. May the force be with you. Whew, that was close.
I’m not telling anyone how to think, but I’m disturbed. The fact that one more freedom is being removed from the “Land of the Free” has me more than a little bit scared. Today it’s your choice of light bulbs, tomorrow it’s your cell phone conversations. Oh wait! That’s today too. Nevermind.
Supposedly, stores can sell their remaining inventories, and the light bulb popo aren’t doing door to door searches in attempts to confiscate rogue bulbs. I live in an apartment so I’m not sure that applies. A couple of years ago, my state mandated that every bedroom in an apartment dwelling have a smoke detector. I already have one just outside my bedroom. Now I have one just INSIDE my bedroom, too. Let’s hope that fire doesn’t happen in the kitchen, Pa!
I’m not thrilled with the options that remain in the guise of efficiency. CFs supposedly contain mercury. So, I’ll need to call a Haz-Mat team if I break one. Did I happen to mention that I’m clumsy? I’ll also need to hermetically seal and take them some place safe for disposal. That means using more gas. How is that more efficient? Lighting my farts on fire is not an option so I guess I’ll go with LED and hope for the best.
I’m not a tin foil wearing conspiracy theorist. I just find it a bit troubling that our freedoms are being whittled down in the name of what’s best for us. As practicing adults, shouldn’t we have somewhat of a clue? Now excuse me while I hide a 3-way…bulb!
What are your thoughts? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? Remember, this is about choice, or lack thereof.