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We Must Buy our Light Bulbs Where?

Around 3 million peopled have viewed Representative Ted Poe (R-Tex.) as he speaks about compact fluorescent light bulbs. He outlines the dangers of using these bulbs, while generously applying doses of friendly sarcasm.

Congress has declared that beginning in the year 2012 every American citizen must use this kind of light bulb. An interesting note: All these bulbs are made in China.

Take a look, educate yourself and have a cheery laugh.


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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

9 replies on “We Must Buy our Light Bulbs Where?”

Hi, Anthony. Yes, of course I remember Dan, used to talk with him a lot through our blogs.

Have you heard from him lately? Is everything all right with him.

I’m going to see if you have an active blog and communicate with you there also.

Thanks for being here.


Welcome Anhinga to my blog–hope you are here often. Enjoyed your comments.

I agree that the worst part of this story is that we will in 2012 be forced to use this kind of bulb. While I have no problem with using them, I don’t believe I need the government telling me how to choose a light bulb.

Actually in our home we have already switched in some of our fixtures, but we have experienced a couple of problems. In our living room, hanging from very high ceilings, we have large fixtures with three bulbs in each. The lights are controlled by dimmer switches, which we use frequently to adjust the amount of light, depending on the season, the mood we’re creating…etc.

The instructions that came with the bulbs Jerry inserted said plainly they were not to be used with fixtures controlled by dimmers. Well, Hubby thought it wouldn’t matter…but it did.

The lights flickered so that finally we changed back to the original bulbs.

I can’t say we have noticed a reduction in our electrical bills, but we have been in and out of that particular home and with lots of variables, so I can’t really say. Then too, we’ve only replaced a few bulbs.

Great subject, indeed.


Perhaps the only problem with these CFL bulbs is forcing people to use them. Their use does require a responsibility, but if you agree to take on the possibility of breakage, I guarantee you will be rewarded with lower electric bills and cheap security lighting you don’t mind leaving on all night.

We live in an area where surges and lightening make incandescent bulbs impractical. It is common to change the same lamp every two weeks, but not with CFL. As for cost, our electric usage has decreased every month over last year. The only change this year has been replacing most bulbs with CFL.

We take the short trip to the hazadarous waste center once or twice a year, so disposal requires nothing extra. I will save the CFL’s beside the stash of used batteries. At this point none of the CFL’s have failed because we have been using them only three years or so, but when they do it will require no extra effort.

Sometimes situations seem very different from another angle. I believe the CFL bulb is one of those times. In actual practice, the use of florescent bulbs for us is the way to go. I would challenge you to replace eight bulbs with them and check your power usage. Of course, if you have frequent parties where guests dance with lampshades on their heads, it may not be practical. 🙂 Thanks for the good discussion.


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I did post the same story at my blog Tue. Glad to see you are getting some responce.

Is this what we send people to Washington to, as the govern our nation?


Who knows?


Very good. I had this on my list of ones to post on my site as well.

Although I am all for energy conservation, I find the idea that we HAVE to use a certain light bulbs interesting.

I wonder who the lobbyists are behind this one?!

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Agreed. Too much government intruding into our homes. We’re smart enough to select our own light bulbs…and certainly smart enough to refrain from buying them all from China.


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