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Congress Debating Over More Efficient Light Bulbs

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The future of the light bulbs in your lamps rides with a vote in congress that could come as early as today.

In Washington, D.C., it’s a battle over state’s rights and jobs. But, to the consumer it’s simply an issue of choice.

The emergence of compact florescent lamps was supposed to spell the end of production of the old style incandescent light bulbs by the end of this year due to the difference in energy consumption.

Congressman Mike Doyle argues there are good jobs in making the new bulbs that meet the energy standards in both CFL and incandescent.

Western Pennsylvania native, and now Republican congressman from Texas Joe Barton said the federal standards will kill jobs in his state that make the old style of bulbs.

“The light bulbs that my good friend Mr. Doyle just eluded to, are five times to six times more expensive than the traditional incandescent light bulb,” Rep. Bareton said.

KDKA-TV’s John Shumway talked with some people about the new bulbs Monday afternoon.

Many liked the new bulbs and already use them in their homes. However, they would like to have a choice and some feel Congress should focus attention on health and issues of national importance.

As it currently stands, 100-watt incandescent light bulbs will be phased out at the beginning of 2012. In 2013, the 75-watt bulbs will be phased out with the 40-watt bulbs being phased out in 2014.

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