Light Bulb Burn-Out
Recorded on February 29, 2012
From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.
I bought some light bulbs the other day.
The old-style—that the federal government is phasing out--were 25-cents each; the new compact fluorescent bulbs were $7.23 each. The package claimed that in one year I would save enough electricity to make up the difference. And I'd save $47 after the new one lasted 6 years.
But I bought the good old incandescent bulbs, because I've never had one of the new ones last more than about 6 months. Then I lose money because the new kind costs 28 times more to buy.
I don't keep records or receipts on every light bulb—Who does? So I can't get my money back.
You shouldn't have to be rich to pay 28 times extra for a light bulb—but beware, now the light bulb makers are asking the United Nations for a worldwide ban on the old kind.
From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook