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Donald Trump hit out at energy efficient lighting this week, blaming the longer lasting bulbs for his orange hue (Picture: AP)

Donald Trump blamed his signature orange hue on energy-efficient light bulbs, claiming the light they emit ‘is the worst.’

Trump’s bizarre attack on energy-efficient light bulbs was just one of many environmentally related rants he went on at the GOP House Retreat Dinner in Baltimore on Thursday night – but this subject seemed personal to the president.

He said: ‘The light bulb. People said what’s with the light bulb? I said here’s the story.’

‘And I looked at it, the bulb that we’re being forced to use, number one to me, most importantly, the light’s no good. I always look orange. And so do you. The light is the worst,’ he continued.

One unnamed White House official, who must not have been briefed on the origin of Trump’s iconic tangerine glow, told The New York Times that the president’s orange complexion is actually due to his ‘good genes,’ however many have speculated that he uses fake tan.


Trump’s attack on energy efficient lighting comes after his administration lifted energy efficiency regulations on several common types of light bulbs earlier this year.

The president has been a notable advocate for incandescent lighting, despite the Department of Energy’s findings that energy-efficient bulbs often use 25%%-80%% less energy and last three to 25 times longer than traditional, less efficient lights.

At a rally in Fatyetteville, North Carolina on Monday, Trump said: ‘(I’m) not a vain person…but I look better under an incandescent light than these crazy lights that are beaming down.’

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Trump also warned about the dangers of energy-efficient light bulbs at the GOP House Dinner on Thursday. He said: ‘And very importantly, I don’t know if you know this, they have warnings. If it breaks it’s considered a hazardous waste site. It’s gasses inside.’

His claim is not completely unfounded. Compact fluorescent lamps, which are energy efficient, contain small amounts of argon gas and mercury vapor, according the the Department of Energy, however, those bulbs are able to be recycled, unlike incandescent bulbs. It is not recommended to throw energy efficient bulbs in the trash, according to energy officials.