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October 18, 2010

Let there be light . . . in Germany

October 18, 2010
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Genesis Chapter 1:

3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And then came the European Union, which said the light was too bright and too wasteful.

A year ago, the European Union banned 100-watt light bulbs because the European Union believes that it should be illegal to produce that much light. They believe that 100-watt incandescent light bulbs are inefficient and therefore should be illegal.

But a couple of German mechanical engineers and entrepreneurs have come up with a legal way to import and distribute 75 and 100-watt light bulbs—call them “small heating devices” and sell them at “heatballs.

The EU thought the ban would produce innovation in lighting, but this probably isn’t what they had in mind. This just goes to show one more way people work to get what they want, regardless of bureaucratic mandates.

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