The era of the incandescent lightbulb is coming to an end.
Beginning on August 1, the Biden administration will ban incandescent lightbulb. Due to the Department of Energy mandates that manufacturers only produce and sell energy-efficient light emitting diode, or LED light bulbs, Americans will only be able to buy LED lights from merchants on that date. Despite being more expensive, LED bulbs utilize less electricity and last 25–50 times longer.
Stores won’t be able to sell the bulbs
The change means that lightbulbs that are incandescent or halogen incandescent, which made up around 30% of the lightbulbs sold in the United States in 2020, would soon be obsolete. Additionally, although stores won’t be able to sell the bulbs, there are no restrictions on customers utilizing the bulbs they already own.
The DOE estimates that after the transformation is complete, consumers will save $3 billion a year on utility costs. According to the Biden administration, the regulations are also expected to reduce carbon emissions by 222 million metric tonnes, or about equal to the emissions produced by 28 million houses annually. However, the initial cost of LEDs is higher.
As social media users came to grips with the administration’s decision to forbid the sale of incandescent lightbulbs, President Joe Biden and his Department of Energy faced harsh criticism.
Criticism for their intense characteristics
On Tuesday, August 1, the prohibition becomes effective. The primary incandescent replacement, LEDs, have drawn criticism for their intense characteristics. “People making bad policy have ZERO grasp of photobiology. There are a tonne of academic articles about LED’s harmful consequences. Not only to cones and rods, but also to one’s general health,” one user commented.
“LUMINOUS OUT. Give up your commodious incandescent lightbulbs. While it lasted, the 140-year reign was enjoyable. Thank you, @POTUS,” tweeted Texas Republican Rep. Keith Self. “Can we discuss light? I don’t want to agree with conservatives on any issue, but I do miss incandescent lighting. It was warm, rich, and subtle. LED lighting strikes me as cold, clinical, and aseptic. Light must be considered significant, right? Aaron Poochigan is a poet.
Others raised concerns about the necessity and constitutionality of the change.
“President Biden keeps using his militarised federal agencies to advance liberal fantasies. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., said that the Department of Energy should be more concerned with ensuring American energy independence than with the lightbulbs you can or cannot buy for your residence or place of business. “Without the government, who would tell you what kind of lightbulb you had to buy?” Spike Cohen, a conservative activist, questioned.