From the days when G.W. Bush wasted his majority, the feds got an itch to tell you what sort of light bulbs you should use. Obama made the mandate worse. But Mr. Trump is rolling it all back. His strategy? Light ’em if you got ’em.
Put another way, he trusts you, the American people, to make these decisions and that the marketplace will adapt to gain your favor. And that stash of incandescent bulbs in your basement will never become contraband.
“…the Energy Department will repeal a regulation enacted under President Barack Obama, set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, requiring an expanded number of lightbulbs in the U.S. to be in compliance with stricter energy efficiency standards. That regulation change was spun off of a 2007 law signed by President George W. Bush that aimed to gradually phase out energy inefficient bulbs like incandescent and halogen bulbs.”
If you were not sure what that sound is, it was (is) thousands of environmentalist twigs are snapping with prognostications of doom, gloom, CO2, and planet killing.
Incandescent bulbs do use more electricity. They are not terribly efficient. They’re great when your hands are cold but most people I know have been transitioning to LED bulbs as they’ve become more cost-effective. And that will continue to be the case as retailers and manufacturers find ways to reduce costs to keep or gain market-share.
Incandescent bubs will fade gently into our past based not on ridiculous mandates and government interference but consumer driven market forces.
This also frees a wide range of boutique lighting from trying to conform to an LED design that might not provide the look people want.
Governments are dumb. Freedom is better.
Let it light the way with whatever damn bulb you want to use. Thank you, President Trump.