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By Doug Powers  •  May 17, 2011 02:24 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

A provision in the energy law signed by President Bush in 2007 mandates all light bulbs to be 70 percent more efficient in their use of electricity by the year 2020 (a bill mandating that government be 70 percent more efficient in their use of taxpayer dollars is nowhere in sight).

But don’t worry, if you like lots of light, the 100-watt eco-friendly bulbs will be affordable — provided you’re rich:

Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January.

Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect.

The new bulbs will also be expensive — about $50 each — so the development may not prevent consumers from hoarding traditional bulbs.

An underground economy for incandescent light bulbs is born.

I’m beyond perplexed by government officials and assorted Gorebots who lose sleep over how much earth-destroying electricity my incandescent bulbs devour and then try to convince me to help save the planet by purchasing a car I have to plug in. They know that electricity is generated from the same source… don’t they?

Coming soon, the sale or importation of old school light bulbs will be illegal, which means that the following conversation may soon take place in a federal prison cell somewhere in the United States:

“What’cha in for?”

“Bank robbery. You?”

“Incandescent light bulb.”

Update: It’s been suggested that Washington might provide a few light bulb law waivers — if the price is right.

(h/t Moonbattery)

**Written by Doug Powers

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