Light bulb socialism around the world

An editorial in the Washington Times describes the reaction of consumers to the European Union’s ban on manufacturing or selling incandescent light bulbs:

Consumers realize the warm glow of a cheap incandescent is superior in every way to the deadly, mercury-filled substitute being foisted upon them. In Finland, Helsingin Sanomat reported that the new ban has not resulted in a surge of sales for the new bulbs that the bureaucrats expected. Instead, 75-watt packages have been flying off the shelves as customers filled their closets, garages and attics with lighting supplies for the long term. Such hoarding has been the rule for more than a year. London’s Daily Mail gave away 25,000 of the 100-watt bulbs as a prize in a January 2009 contest. Der Spiegel reported that German customers left hardware stores with carts jammed with enough incandescent bulbs to last 20 years.

A similar ban on incandescent light bulbs goes into effect on January 1, 2012 in the United States. Maybe there’s still time to end the madness. It worked in New Zealand:

Two years ago, New Zealanders faced an imminent ban. The National Party, at the time in the minority, made overturning the light-bulb scheme a priority in its campaign against the ruling Labor government. The public responded favorably to the party that proclaimed that it “stands for freedom, choice, independence and ambition.” In December 2008, the National Party government overturned the light-bulb ban.



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4 responses to “Light bulb socialism around the world

  1. Swiss government waves an off-white flag: Dutch and German lighting manufactureres applaud Switzerland’s capitulation.

    From September 1st, Switzerland has succumbed to the European Union’s bulb ban timetable. The formerly sovereign nation, with an electric grid almost entirely powered by non-fossile sources, has dropped its own lighting efficacy plans in favor of Brussels’ discredited regime.

    Inhabitants of Switzerland might want to send their light bulbs to their previous national government or to European Commission Headquarters at Berne, Switzerland:

    Delegation der Europaeischen Kommission
    Bundesgasse 18
    3011 BERN

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  4. The whole strange story behind the EU ban.. warts and all 😉
    This is hard to believe.. but it is referenced where possible, and when the sources would allow it:


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