I had began to notice that the majority of ceiling fans now come with canelabra base light kits. I don't like the smaller base bulbs, one reason being that they don't make an compact fluorescent bulb with that base. I was told that the reason was that the government regulations ....blah ....blah.. so I decided to see what I could find out about it.
In short, from what I have read, the government has passed a law, Energy Policy Act of 2005 or EPACT 2005 for short, that has a section that deal specificaly with celing fans. Here is part of a statement that explains it better than I can:
"EPACT prohibits manufacture or import after January 1, 2007, of ceiling fans or lighting kits that do not include bulbs. The bulbs must be of the new compact fluorescent type. That certainly sounds like an energy-conserving measure.
But wait–some fan light fixtures have small candelabra size sockets rather than standard size sockets, and you can’t buy compact fluorescents in that size. So the bill allows the use of incandescent bulbs if the fixture uses candelabra sockets.
Hmm, say the fan manufacturers. If we use standard size sockets, we have to ship compact fluorescent bulbs, which are expensive and contain mercury and are not dimmable (unless we ship the even more expensive dimmable ones, which don’t work all that well yet). But if we simply switch to the candelabra base–even though candelabra bulbs are even more wasteful than regular incandescent bulbs–we can ship the cheap and easy incandescent bulbs."
I believe that our government was trying to do a good thing, but once again they are shooting themselves in the foot by making laws that regulate things that they should leave alone. Educate people as to the impact of using regular bulbs verses the compact flourescents, then let them choose what they want to use for Pete's sake.
When I am getting a rental property ready to rent, I make sure that all of the fans and light fixtures have working blubs in them. With the cost of the flourescent bulbs, I am not going to furnish those, but use the regular 60 watt bulbs instead. Nine times out of 10, when the people move there may be one working bulb in each fixture and then there have been those who just flat out steal all the bulbs in the house. In my home I am using the flourescent bulbs, changing over to them when the regular bulbs burn out.
I feel better having vented about this and I really don't want to install the ceiling fans with the candelabra bases in this house we are trying to get ready, but it looks like that is exactly what is going to happen. The stores I have checked have about a $50 price difference for the fans with the compact flourescent bulbs with the standard base light kit and bulbs....$50 for 4 compact flourescent bulbs? I think not.