Peaceful resistance: incandescent light bulb stockpilers defy the ban

November 12, 2010 06:36

Smith stockpiles incandescent light bulbs. He has been collecting them for three years now, ever since the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 passed. The act, which imposed a de-facto ban on incandescent bulbs by 2012, was co-sponsored by Upton.

By Alexis Levinson – The Daily Caller


Smith currently has about a thousand incandescent bulbs, which he keeps in boxes in his garage.

“It doesn’t take as much space as you think it does,” he told The Daily Caller. “It’s just a couple large boxes.”

In an interview with TheDC, Smith explained his many reasons for embarking on what many may see as an eccentric pursuit. “The bill is a nightmare,” he said. “It’s a complete, utter nightmare.”

Moreover, Smith, who is skeptical of “the global warming conspiracy” in general, feels that the claims of energy savings associated with CFLs are unsubstantiated. In part, this is a function of how they are used. Energy Star, the certification program for “green” products, suggests that a CFL should be left on for a minimum of 15 minutes to achieve maximum energy savings. This makes CFLs unsuitable for certain applications.


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