Light bulb phase out takes effect January 1
Due to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), standard 40- and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs must use 30 percent less energy to meet minimum efficient standards starting Wednesday, January 1.
Incandescent light bulbs that do not meet the requirements will no longer be manufactured, according to GE Lighting.
The purpose of the EISA is to better use resources to help the U.S. become more energy independent, according to energystar.gov. By requiring that standard 40- to 100-watt bulbs use less energy, the law is eliminating wasteful products.
So what does this mean for you?
For starters, you won’t be required to dispose of your existing bulbs, but manufacturing companies will be banned from producing them.
There is also a variety of bulbs that are exceptions to the ban, including reflector, 3-way, candelabra, shatter-resistant, colored, globes, vibration and rough service, and bug and plant lights.
According to GE Lighting, consumers will have other energy-efficient bulbs to choose as an alternative.
● Compact florescent lights – use up to 75 percent less energy and can last more than seven years.
● Soft white bulbs – use up to 28 percent less energy, are about the same size as incandescent bulbs and are dimmable.
● LEDs – use up to 75 percent less energy and can last up to 22 years.
Lighting consumes up to 20 percent of the average household energy bill, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Therefore, changing a light could save $40 billion in energy from 2012 to 2030.
For more information about the EISA, visit www.energystar.gov and search “energy independence.”