The European Union has banned the use of halogen light bulbs effective September 1st, 2018. This after many Western nations previously banned the incandescent light bulb. Candles, of course, are right out. Inefficient, pollution-causing, and a grave fire danger. So, what is left to light our lives and make our streets and sidewalks safer? Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs.
Big government progressives see LEDs as a virtual panacea, because they claim they produce less pollution. Sure, they’re more expensive, but that’s as nothing compared to the “fact” that the elimination of evil halogen bulbs will prevent more than 15 million tons of carbon emissions a year, an amount roughly equal to the annual output of Al Gore’s residence in Nashville. Or Portugal.
LEDS do use less energy than halogen bulbs, and are reputed to last significantly longer as well, but a central government-- be it in Brussels, Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang, or Washington, D.C.-- should not be able to tell citizens in remote regions what kind of light bulb they can screw into their sockets. In a decent world, citizens should be able to tell those in central governments what they can screw into their orifices.
Concern is growing that “light pollution” caused by artificial lighting reduces the production of the hormone melatonin by the brain’s pineal gland, which can lead to cancer and other diseases. Recently, a University of Haifa researcher and his colleagues who are participating in an international study of the subject found that nighttime exposure to white-light-emitting diode bulbs suppresses the beneficial hormone’s production five times more than do high-pressure sodium bulbs.
Moreover, a new study has shown that exposure to LED lights may damage a human’s eyes, potentially causing irreparable harm to one’s retina.
Turn out the light’s, the party’s over.
The West has been going blind for some time now. Soon it may go dark, too.