COLUMBIA — South Carolina legislators have come up with a bright idea: make the Palmetto State a rebel and refuge for incandescent light makers.
A bill filed last week by Republican state Reps. Bill Sandifer and Dwight Loftis encourages incandescent light bulb manufacturing in South Carolina. It says light bulb parts can be brought into the state and assembled and they can be sold here with a Made in South Carolina label.
Federal law phases out incandescent light manufacturing beginning in 2012 with 100-watt bulbs. In 2014, manufacturers will stop making 75-, 60- and 40-watt bulbs. The change is part of the federal Energy Independence and Security Act then-President George Bush signed in 2007.