With 100-watt incandescent light bulbs set to disappear from store shelves next year, questions remain about the fate of Edison’s famed invention.

Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess has been fighting against implementation of the new efficiency standards laid out in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which will gradually mandate tougher standards and phase out the older bulbs.

Over the summer Burgess sponsored an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to prevent the enforcement of the 2007 mandated phase out. The amendment passed but the Democratically-controlled Senate could present a problem for his legislation’s ultimate passage.

“[In] Washington, D.C. there are no permanent victories, there are no permanent defeats. We will continue to try to push this and quite honestly this is one of those things that has kind of been under the radar for a lot of people,” he said. “When they are suddenly faced with the fact that, ‘Hey, my choices are now pretty limited and if I have an area that needs a lot of light and I am having to make a purchase that is 30 times in cost what it used to be,’ people are going to start paying attention.”

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