South Carolina Lawmakers Take Stand against Federal Phase-Out of Incandescent Bulbs

March 28, 2011 - 5:22 PM

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In this March 24, 2011 photo, Richard Anderson, a 70-year-old Greenville, S.C. retiree, shops for light bulbs at a Lowe's in Greenville. With a looming federal mandate to phase out incandescent bulbs in favor of energy-efficient fluorescents, South Carolina legislators may try to exempt the state from the law, saying it shouldn't be told how to light its homes and businesses. (AP Photo/The Greenville News, Patrick Collard)

Columbia, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers are taking a stand against a federal law that is phasing out incandescent light bulbs in favor of energy-efficient compact fluorescents.

Some South Carolina legislators say Washington has no business telling the state how to light its homes and businesses. As early as Tuesday, the South Carolina House will begin debating a bill that would allow companies to make incandescent bulbs in the state, despite the federal law.

The federal government is phasing out incandescent lights starting with 100-watt bulbs in 2012. In 2014, manufacturers will stop making 75-, 60- and 40-watt bulbs under the 2007 Bush administration law.

The energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs have drawn complaints they are too expensive, put out a dim light and contain traces of mercury.