This bat is willing to take on most challenges, but selling CFLs in the US could be a risk too far. While restrictions on the sale of incandescents in the UK brought grumbles from the usual sources complaining that fluorescents were the lighting equivalent of straight bananas, across the pond the move has drawn the unnerving attention of the shouty conservative right wing.
Leading the defence of American liberty against the dark forces of low-energy lighting is Glenn Beck, king of the conservative talk-show angry men and Tea Party favourite. ‘I hate fluorescent light bulbs, hate them with everything in me,’ Beck fulminated. ‘Hate them, hate them, hate them.’ Republican Congressman Fred Upton, who took the demonic step of inserting a lighting energy-efficiency clause into
US legislation, fell squarely into Beck’s cross hairs, being labelled ‘socialist’ for his efforts, which is about as bad as it gets in Beck’s list of naughty words. If Beck and his comrades limit themselves to dumping boxes of CFLs into Boston Harbour, the lighting industry will have got off lightly.
08 February 2011
The European Commission has reclassified works by famed light artist Dan Flavin as ‘light fittings’ and not ‘art’ meaning that galleries and auction houses who handle his work will have to pay VAT at 20 per cent and not at the artwork rate of 5 per cent.
18 February 2011
Since my pic last month of Ridiculously Priced Light Sources, the Belfry has been inundated with, er, a reader’s snap of his local Savers store. Three CFLs for 50p is the offer in question.