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  •  it sure would be nice, I'm trying to keep my (4+ / 0-)

    chicks alive, not cook them....

    and a brooder heater is 250 to 400 watts.....

    a 60 watt buglite or red if you can find it is usually more than enough in my climate but they need something.....

    I have a new pair of cockatiel babies who've been off the formula for a couple mths but they still want that little heat until it warms up some more.....

    Or I could use a 250 set it way back, heat a hell of a lot more than I need to and cost myself and the nation...plus the fire risk from high wattage bulbs........

    I just don't see the need to ban when subsidies do work and are working, they just need ramped up and advertised...

    I mentioned downthread, the Goodwill stores have them in 2 packs for a buck...60-75-100 watt= all the same price...they even eat the tax...that's from TEP as far as I know....

    why bother raising the commotion and stink when the same results could be achieved in other methods.....

    Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
    I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
    Emiliano Zapata

    by buddabelly on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 05:00:16 PM PST

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    •  Seriously, don't ban incandescents (1+ / 0-)
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      Just tax them heavily enough that for ordinary lighting applications they'll cost more than CFLs. In the relatively few applications where you really need or want incandescents, you don't usually change the bulb all that often so the extra cost won't be a big deal.

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      by ebohlman on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 08:55:28 PM PST

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    •  Halogen ballast bulbs are appearing (0+ / 0-)

      The new "incandescents", they last twice as long as the old incandescents though currently they cost ten times as much. They produce much more heat than CFLs though and may suffice for small bulb heat applications.

      Incandescent bulbs smaller than 100 watts will still be around for a couple more years, especially 60 watts and 40 watts. Those with heating applications for small bulbs could still "stock up" on the old style incandescents while saving up for a better option.

      •  problem being there really isn't a better option (0+ / 0-)

        I have full blown brooders but they use way more electricity than a 60w bulb...There are no small wattage heaters available that would do the job as simply or with as little electricity...

        Kind of a waste to fire up the big unit for a couple chicks and sometimes they come along unexpectedly.......like the ones I just finished raising born at the beginning of winter.....

        Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
        I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
        Emiliano Zapata

        by buddabelly on Fri Mar 04, 2011 at 05:36:12 PM PST

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