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57 Responses to Australia Banning Traditional Light Bulbs

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    buddy Male 30-39
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    February 21, 2007 at 6:05 pm
    Link: Australia Banning Traditional Light Bulbs - Bright idea?
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    iluvpink13 Female 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 2:22 am
    makes sense to me. the lightbulbs i buy are much more efficient.
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    japan_irish Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 2:23 am
    first yea ozzy ozzy ozzy
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    Dude_ Male 13-17
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    February 22, 2007 at 2:23 am
    Hey look, a pun!
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    Dude_ Male 13-17
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    February 22, 2007 at 2:24 am
    ^...And you sir, are second.^
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    lorddalvidii Male 13-17
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    February 22, 2007 at 2:35 am
    i use the energy efficient bulbs...
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    KoalaMeatPie Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 2:43 am
    The new lightbulbs are Brighter, use less energy, last longer, and Cost less - Every contrey should follow threw with this.
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    neant Female 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 3:01 am
    but we`ll be losing so much nostalgic heritage...
    tommy`s rolling in his grave
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    stereotypic Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 3:07 am
    Good for them. *Starts hoarding incandescents*
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    upendy Female 13-17
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    February 22, 2007 at 3:25 am
    Yep, that`ll be Australia.

    Anyone want to come to my barbeque?

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    Darkmartyr Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 3:46 am
    The light bulbs to have cons.

    The put off a dirrent color light. This isn`t a really big thing but if you are a makeup artist or photographer it can be a pain.

    They are much more fragile. Once again not build unless you do work where you need to move lighing around.

    The price of a light bulb is higher, so if you break one you loss more money. But in the long run they last longer and cost less to use. For home use they are great.

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    sparky011 Male 13-17
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    February 22, 2007 at 4:06 am
    i reckon its a great idea even know prob nowhere in my house has a energy efficient light bulb and im FROM AUSSIIIEEE hahaha
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    BigBonny Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 4:08 am
    Great idea. Im in England and all of the lightbulbs in my house are energy bulb, they give out less heat and more light for less money, and they last longer.
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    FLB Female 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 4:53 am
    this is a good idea.

    Im glad someone took the first step, now wait for everyone else to follow. . .

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    Pabasa Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 5:31 am
    Good move. Hopefully other countries follow suit.
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    synthetik_00 Female 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 5:41 am
    While I think it`s good to use the energy efficient bulbs I am uncomfortable with it being mandated by the government. I don`t like giving the government that kind of power.

    I think a better approach would be to leave it voluntary and reward those that do use the energy bulbs with tax breaks.

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    lorddalvidii Male 13-17
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    February 22, 2007 at 6:08 am
    ^that just wouldn`t work

    and anyway, it`s not like we`re giving them the right to control out lives, it is a step in the right direction (gave me a big shock, seeing as Howard made the decision)

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    oldie Male 13-17
    241 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 6:21 am
    Smart man.
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    aj101 Male 13-17
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    February 22, 2007 at 6:39 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IbxZ4j1E...
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    kuuipo7283 Female 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 7:24 am
    LOL...aj...totally fogot about that tv show...lmao..Captain Planet rocks. ;) hehe, but anyways, was reading this and thought back to the Global Dimming documentary a few weeks back...if what happened to Europe a few years back happens to Australia, how many people will die?! Will the rainforests there die out? Scary stuff!!
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    pallzoltan Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 7:47 am
    i`ve read "australia banging lightbulbs" first
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    farquaadhnch Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 8:16 am
    I use energy bulbs all over my house except in the bathroom where my girlfriend needs it to put on her stage make-up. She can`t do it successfully with the energy savers.
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    CheeseMan1 Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 9:29 am
    Good idea, wish my family would listen to this...
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    Aramil Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 9:44 am
    No one has any place speaking against this. Those bulbs are so superior in every way, I can`t imagine why anyone using any other ones.
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    ImNoGod Male 18-29
    1149 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 10:12 am
    The incandescent bulbs still have there place. Many things depend of the heat of these bulbs. E.G. A scientist growing strands of bacteria.

    However this looks like a good move. Though slightly flawed.

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    TabooPoison Female 18-29
    1062 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 10:14 am
    Every country should do this. We recently replaced all the bulbs in our house with Energy Star bulbs and I love them. The light actually looks much better, aside from being more efficient.
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    budsbd Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 11:30 am
    actually, these fluorescent light bulbs have a color reproduction rate of around 86/100, as opposed to 100/100 in the incandescent ones.

    so it`s not all advantages, but all in all they`re better for home use.

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    KoalaMeatPie Male 18-29
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    February 22, 2007 at 1:16 pm
    Yeah, it means we get less Red Spectra, Or More blue, which makes it pure white.

    Its the difference between Day bulb and Night Bulb.

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    danmerqury Male 18-29
    65 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 1:22 pm
    "While I think it`s good to use the energy efficient bulbs I am uncomfortable with it being mandated by the government. I don`t like giving the government that kind of power.

    I think a better approach would be to leave it voluntary and reward those that do use the energy bulbs with tax breaks."

    Great idea. Banning outright would be silly, because some people need the color balance, or whatever. But recommending and encouraging the new fluorescent bulbs is a great idea.

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    vancouverite Female 18-29
    250 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 2:23 pm
    i think it is a great idea. i use them already in most places.....but one thought popped to mind....what about all thoes poor little girls who will never get to play with an easy-bake oven with out the heat of traditional bulbs...lol ;)
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    Foob Male 40-49
    382 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 3:19 pm
    On principle the only decent idea, if we want light and at the same time not polute. Doing it as a law however.. oh well.
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    NoSoup4u Male 18-29
    85 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 3:48 pm
    Why a ban? Its ridiculous. Just put tax the crap out of incandescents until they are more expensive than the alternatives.

    Incandescents still have a variety of uses that flourescent bulbs cant fulfill.. Heat lamps, for instance. Lights that need to turn on instantly(security floodlights and such).

    An outright ban is ridiculous.

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    rpm2004 Male 18-29
    96 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 4:31 pm
    You know how people sometimes get headaches if they`re inside all day with fluorescent lights? Well autistic people are like 10x more sensitive to them.

    I forsee a great exile of my people.

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    VONLINE Male 18-29
    578 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 5:29 pm
    Don`t get me wrong. These energy efficient bulbs are great, but the fact that they`re BANNING them kinda rubs me the wrong way. It could be a slippery slope. I`m not saying it`ll happen, I just don`t want to be forced BY LAW to drive a hybrid, plant trees and hold my farts in.
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    Hoogs Male 18-29
    153 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 5:54 pm
    "While I think it`s good to use the energy efficient bulbs I am uncomfortable with it being mandated by the government. I don`t like giving the government that kind of power."

    That`s exactly what I was thinking.

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    Kinga750 Male 18-29
    136 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 5:54 pm
    I think "phasing out" the older bulbs is a good idea. As others have said though, the traditional light bulb still has uses. I use the "new" bulbs already simply because you do notice a savings on the electric bill. You also save on the bulbs themselves when you look at it long term.
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    Hoogs Male 18-29
    153 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 5:56 pm
    Lol VONLINE, I agree.
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    X-Potatoe Male 13-17
    376 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 6:05 pm
    personally, i think that mankind is contributing VERY little to the climate change, and i think that no matter what we do the climate will change around the smae time. but who knows? maybe we`ll lengthen the time by a few years.
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    shinu Male 18-29
    1387 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 6:55 pm
    good idea. if only america was smart like that...
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    erw88 Female 18-29
    35 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 7:20 pm
    Good idea! That`s all we buy.
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    teiso Female 18-29
    674 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 7:26 pm
    Hm... I like the fact that we`re going in the right direction, but a few people have a good point in that the traditional lightbulb still has uses in lighting equipment and that sort of thing.

    But for everyday household use, yeah, definately better.

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    TamponString Female 13-17
    99 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 7:30 pm
    I dont know about this one, seems like a "bright idea" but I`m not sure. Will the color of light change? Certain light bulbs give me really bad headaches while reading or while painting or anything.
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    mark_is_cool Male 13-17
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    February 22, 2007 at 7:34 pm
    good article, only gets a 3 out of 4 because of the pun.
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    Alcippe Female 13-17
    130 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 8:23 pm
    I hope other countries at least do something similiar, but an outright ban isnt so practical.
    They should still have oppurtunites for incandesents to be bought, like give special permits to a few stores that are alloweed to sell them. then if people need them for work or such they can get them, but the average household will likely just stick with whatever the store they go to all the time has.
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    f1r3f0x Male 13-17
    30 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 8:40 pm
    Agh. I hate the energy efficient ones personally. The color is completely screwed up and is really uncomfortable. I know everyone feels like they need to do everything they can to stop global warming, but nobody seems to understand that changing light bulbs is *not* going to make a difference. The amount of energy that they use is so minuscule compared to what it takes to drive a car, it`s just insane that a country would ban bulbs but not SUVs.
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    klkl Male 13-17
    1726 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 9:05 pm
    duh...the other kind is much better
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    lizzywizzy Female 18-29
    587 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 10:07 pm
    I don`t see why people don`t buy the energy saving lught bulbs in the first place, yeah they are like 4 times the amount of normal lightbulbs, but they also use less energy which will lower the electricity bill somewhat, and also they last longer than conventional bulbs.

    I think this is a great Idea.

    As it is, 90% of the lightbulbs in our house are energy saving ones, the other 10% are old ones that will be changed to energy saving ones when they go, or ones that you cant get that kind in energy saving yet.

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    -NeonCarrot- Male 13-17
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    February 22, 2007 at 10:50 pm
    I hate those bulbs though, my dad bought some and my mom threw them out because the light was really bright, white and reminded my mom of her workplace.
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    stephie1954 Female 18-29
    412 posts
    February 22, 2007 at 11:00 pm
    -NeonCarrot- I`m with your mum there, as i`m reading this at work, my eyes have given way from the brightness, i really struggle in here after a full day - feel like a chicken in a hatchin pen!

    Oh well, I guess it`ll be back to candles for the softer feel around the house

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    mpd Male 18-29
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    February 23, 2007 at 12:58 am
    Finally, we have a country willing to take action. It`s laws like this that will get us to where we need to be. Telling someone to go green is going to have a hell of a lot more of an impact than suggesting that they do it. To all of you who say that governments shouldn`t have this kind of power, I have to disagree. We elect politicians in democracies to repesent our interests. These people do whatever they can to keep power, but they are also responsible for protecting the lives of their own citizens. That means it may involve imposing restrictions that some may not find convenient. So, this shows us that Australia`s government recognizes global warming as a threat, and that they should start doing things to protect their people. It`s a good step forward, and we should hope that other countries will begin to follow their example.
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    Jagjamin Male 18-29
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    February 23, 2007 at 1:25 am
    Make them the cheapest alternative, dont ban the others.

    I mean seriously, why are the original lightbulbs banned? They are better for occasions where the light gets turned on and off often, as opposed to turned on and left on, and they are much more suitable for certain occupations (As people have said, so theres no reason to repeat)

    Note: They do give off less Red, which makes it LESS WHITE, and more other colours, you just percieve it as white, same with blue headlights on cars, they seem whiter, but instead just hurt.

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    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    February 23, 2007 at 1:34 am
    Instead of mandating citizens to purchase light bulbs, countries with the capability should overhaul close to 90% of electrical needs to nuclear energy.

    Clean, efficient, and waste disposal has grown by leaps and bounds. We just need to get the world to shake off this fear it has of the word nuclear.

    Build plants, get job growth, revitalize alternative energy fields (like hydrogen power), and promote cleaner power production. Its right there in front of us.

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    LBlues Male 18-29
    713 posts
    February 23, 2007 at 1:54 am
    We should replaces light bulbs with TREES
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    JaLacaob Male 18-29
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    February 23, 2007 at 2:53 am

    About time they actually DO something instead of talk about doing something.
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    videogamer Male 18-29
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    February 23, 2007 at 2:37 pm
    Granted, fluorescent lights are more economical than incandescent bulbs, but the problem is that fluorescent light is cold and empty, while incandescent light, being closer to natural light, is warm and comforting.
    Ultimately, it comes down to choosing between comfort or conservation. What we really need is a compromise.
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    teiso Female 18-29
    674 posts
    February 23, 2007 at 6:47 pm
    I`m sure you`d get used to it. Maybe you should just spend more time outside and it won`t be a problem.
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    Mbirdgurl Female 13-17
    920 posts
    February 26, 2007 at 8:39 pm
    I think the entire world should do this!

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