Are Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Really Better?
House Republicans on Tuesday failed to stop the enactment of new energy-saving standards for light bulbs.
The GOP bill to overturn the standards set to go into effect in January fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage. The vote was 233-193.
The law requires manufacturers to phase in bulbs that produce the same amount of brightness with less energy.
The practical effect is that most incandescent lights – the iconic bulbs invented by Thomas Edison in 1879 – won't make the grade. Beginning in January, most stores will stop stocking 100-watt bulbs. By 2014, 75-watt, 60-watt and 40-watt incandescents also will be phased out.
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