Today marks the beginning of President Joe Biden's ban on incandescent light bulbs, limiting the types of lighting available for purchase.
According to a report by MLive.com on Tuesday, the Department of Energy has mandated that manufacturers only offer LED light bulbs to American consumers, as Breitbart News reported.
Leada Gore stated that the transition means incandescent and halogen incandescent light bulbs, which accounted for approximately 30 percent of light bulbs sold in the United States in 2020, will soon be obsolete. And while retailers will not be permitted to sell the bulbs, there are no restrictions on individuals using bulbs they already possess.
The DOE estimates that consumers will save approximately $3 billion annually on utility bills once the change is implemented.
According to the Biden administration, the rules are also expected to reduce carbon emissions by 222 million metric tons, which is equivalent to the emissions produced by 28 million residences in one year.
However, LEDs are more expensive than incandescent light bulbs, with an average price of $7 per unit compared to $2.
In September 2019, then-President Donald Trump explained his efforts to retain incandescent light bulbs in the United States by stating, "They were forcing you to purchase expensive lightbulbs, so I signed a bill a few days ago that gives you the right to use incandescent light. Much less costly."
According to Breitbart News, he made the remarks at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he spoke about his administration's regulatory rollbacks to aid the American economy.
He mocked the new energy-efficient light bulbs for containing hazardous toxins and gases. "If a light bulb breaks, it is regarded a waste site...The new bulbs are extremely hazardous due to the gases they contain, he said, referring to the labels that warn consumers not to damage them.
As Breitbart News reported from July 2011, when Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb in 1879, it became a convenient, safe, and affordable option for consumers and remained so for the next century.
Rapid online reaction followed the announcement of the ban on incandescent light bulbs.
“President Biden continues to push liberal fantasies through his weaponized federal agencies. The Department of Energy should be focused on American energy independence, not on what lightbulbs you can or can’t purchase for your home or business,” Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) wrote in a social media post:
President Biden continues to push liberal fantasies through his weaponized federal agencies.
The Department of Energy should be focused on American energy independence, not on what lightbulbs you can or can’t purchase for your home or business. https://t.co/fazKWgb59z
— Rep. Andy Barr (@RepAndyBarr) July 31, 2023
“Banning useful every day items because they can. It’s the communist mind set. No laws were passed, just decrees from commissars on high," another user stated.
"Today its lightbulbs, tomorrow its air conditioners… Just FYI. They won’t ever stop."
One person had a question for other users, writing, “In lieu of the incandescent light bulb ban from the climate change nutters and Joe Biden. How many should I buy?”