This Little Light

South Carolina is making this native rather proud (in a good way):

The Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act, which unanimously passed South Carolina’s Senate panel, would allow South Carolina manufacturers to continue to sell incandescent bulbs so long as they have “Made in South Carolina” on them and are sold only within the state.


Whether the legislation becomes law remains to be seen, and even if it does become law, lawsuits will likely ensue. Regardless, South Carolina’s efforts demonstrate the will to remove the federal government’s ability to restrict individual choice. If the compact florescent light bulb (CFL) is a better choice, consumers will make that choice without the government’s push.

It is time for a little less stupid and a little more imagination.

6 thoughts on “This Little Light

  1. That’s good news. If I remember correctly cfl lights contain mercury, which can present health risks if shattered, but incandescent bulbs don’t. In any case some customers prefer the warm golden glow Edison gave us reminiscent of cozy candlelight. LED’s don’t have mercury so they are safer than cfls, but they don’t yet shed that rich warm glow we’re used to.

    1. Good points. Leaving aside the warm glow, there is still the issue of cost. Incandescent bulbs may cost a bit to use, but they cost less to purchase than their twisty counterparts. If I wish to spend my money over the long term (old style) versus upfront (CFL) then I should be allowed to do so.

    1. Interesting. Seems as though the pricing on this is more reasonable that comparable CFLs or LEDs. I would be very happy to see this technology compete in the marketplace against all comers.

  2. I asked my husband about the technology and he said the science was sound enough behind ESL. He suggested that I get some shares so I got some VUOC at 42 cents a share. If our investment will bring a cheaper solution that much closer, that would be wonderful. (The company warns that they are not yet profitable so they could fold depending on how this year goes. Nothing like being straightforward about company risks!)

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