|Link to The Guardian|
"The incandescent bulbs that have lit the world since their invention by Thomas Edison are on their way out, to be replaced by newer technologies offering dramatic improvements in efficiency, energy use, and other environmental impacts.
"The new U.S. lighting standards are part of the Energy Independence Act of 2007, signed into law by President Bush with broad bipartisan support. The lighting provisions remained uncontroversial until last year, when they became a Tea Party rallying cry. U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann said:
"The American people want less government intrusion into their lives, not more, and that includes staying out of their personal light bulb choices."