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Bid to reverse light bulb rule fails

An attempt to repeal the phaseout of standard incandescent light bulbs failed to muster enough votes to win approval in the House of Representatives, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.

The Republican-controlled House voted 233-193, short of the two-thirds majority necessary to enact the Better Use of Our Light Bulbs, or BULB, Act. A number of consumers, manufacturers and even environmental groups oppose the phaseout the old incandescents over three years, starting with 100-watt bulbs next Jan. 1. Federal legislation signed by George W. Bush in 2007 mandated the replacement of incandescents with more energy-efficient lighting sources.