Magehaven (Belphenia State Television) – The lights are out for incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs across the Theocratic People’s Kingdom of Belphenia, as the ban on incandescent and CFL light bulbs in every home, public places, samurai districts, ports, ships, and government buildings in all prefectures and states in favor of energy-saving LED light bulbs.
In March 2015, the phase out and the ban on incandescent and CFL light bulbs was created by the Yaelian-based group called the Associates on Protecting Belphenia’s Environmental Resources (APBER), a guild in which they are very aware of the disadvantages arose from consumers who are using incandescent and CFL light bulbs.One city in Sakura Prefecture, Magehaven, was very satisfied with the use of LED lighting in every homes and public places, including street lighting and traffic lights.
There were many bad experiences and mishaps with incandescent and CFL bulbs among Belphenians. In February 2012, Mirohatram, Erzanna had been dealing with high energy costs that led to a power crisis around the city due to the use of incandescent light bulbs. Even after transitioning to compact fluorescent light bulbs in October 2014, they were unable to get the energy costs down. In the prefecture of Jasmine, they fell into a power crisis in which the Jasmine prefecture government to encourage residents to transition from incandescent to CFL light bulbs in April 2015. Instead, it led to disadvantages and incidents from elderly consumers who are using CFL light bulbs started to worry about the mercury content and health risks from mercury exposed from broken CFL bulbs in Jasmine City.
Throughout May and July, the organization became aware of cases of samurai and pirates accidentally breaking CFL light bulbs during sword fight training in samurai schools that resulted in both groups losing their swords to direct mercury content from broken CFL bulbs in Yaelian, Seraphina, Xanthe, Waukesha, Larigothiel, and Astigoth prefectures. The Southwest Larigothiel Household Hazardous Waste Management in Lucretia said that they have been getting reports about a small number of pirates used a broom or vacuum cleaner to clean up a broken CFL bulb. The pirates who used their brooms or vacuum cleaners were told by the prefecture government to dispose them immediately due to the exposure of mercury content. In Seraphina City, one samurai had to open the windows and evacuated the samurai school after two pirates and a female samurai accidentally hit the lamp with the CFL light bulb inside with their bokken during training. In Astigoth, hazmat cleanup crews were called to a gymnasium in Udrogoth after a structural steel rack collapsed onto a box of CFL light bulbs after construction workers forgot to install an emergency support structure in July 2015 in which it gained the attention of the Belphenia Council on Environmental Protection, the National Health Council, and the LED Lighting Movement of Belphenia.
In August 2015, the three organizations called the Government of Belphenia and Great Heart for the request to take the proposed ban on incandescent and CFL light bulbs to the Grand Court of Belphenia in Remiville after the broken CFL light bulb incidents in Larigothiel, Seraphina, and Yaelian involving samurai sword training sessions. A Seraphina representative said that “even in their homes, the samurai and pirates still break apart CFL light bulbs during home training. This is something that is raising a health concern among Belphenians”. Two Sakura Prefecture representatives also said that all CFL light bulbs were made and imported from Commonia. “All CFL light bulbs are from Commonia. But why the mercury content where it is raising a serious concern on every Belphenian’s health. Unfortunately, because of the mercury, this is truely, yes. We cannot let the Belphenians and the shirarume to waste their time being in hospitals for mercury exposure, and even wasting their time calling hazmat and spending time on cleaning up broken, Commonian-made CFL bulbs. About eight to ten long hours of broken CFL bulb cleanup at home, including airing it out by using windows? This is merely a hassle. We all concerned about safety by calling a phase-out and ban on them”, said Aki Onozawa, a shimatsume of Great Heart’s governing body.
On October 31, Luisa Windmere, the head judge, said that the Belphenian government said that incandescent light bulbs only makes consumers’ energy costs skyrocket and must be banned, and compact fluorescent light bulbs were deemed unsafe for use by all Belphenians because of the lengthy cleanup process, concerns from Great Heart involving their samurai training sessions, and serious health concerns involving mercury among all Belphenians in the Grand Court’s final ruling. On November 1, the proposed ban was approved by the Parliament, and by then, Erza Beard, Prime Minister of Belphenia, signed the ban into law on November 3. The phase out of both incandescent and CFL light bulbs began on November 5, 2015 and ended where the ban went into effect on January 2, 2016.
Merchants and retailers were ordered by the Belphenian government to stop selling incandescent and CFL light bulbs on their store shelves permanently and transition to selling LED light bulbs only at very low prices of 5 Moka Pieces per bulb. The lighting manufacturers, including Nettleton Industries, had been working to produce new lighting fixtures and home products that can handle LED light bulbs to retailers and consumers.
The energy costs are expected to go down for Belphenians who are using LED light bulbs by July 2016.