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Vote to Repeal Ban on Normal Light Bulbs Fails

Well folks, if you hate the new and not so improved expensive and mercury filled swirly light bulbs, you may want to head to your local and store stock up on what's left of the traditional incandescent light bulbs.

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Legislation to repeal a ban on incandescent light bulbs that will go into effect in January 2012 has failed.

A bill to beat back what critics are calling a ban on traditional light bulbs failed in the House of Representatives Tuesday.

The "Better Use of Light Bulbs Act," or BULB Act, would have repealed the efficiency standards set under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

That legislation - signed into law by President George W. Bush, with bipartisan support - mandates that light bulbs be 30 percent more efficient in 2012. It then imposes increasingly strict efficiency standards through 2020.

Backers of the BULB Act, sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton, say that because traditional incandescent bulbs cannot meet the strict standards in a cost-efficient way, they will be phased out in favor of more energy-efficient - and less desirable - options like curly florescent bulbs and LED bulbs.

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