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Americans Unaware of Federal Phase-Out of Incandescent Light Bulbs

2/26/2010 12:00:00 AM

Tags: light bulb, energy

Using compact fluorescent bulbs to save energy is a no-brainer—and 82 percent of Americans are now on board, according to a GE Lighting study.

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Starting January 1, 2012, the federal government is bringing the hammer down on incandescent light bulbs. Photo By Flickr. 

Americans’ voluntary switch from incandescent light bulbs to CFLs is a promising step toward smarter energy use—and the inefficient bulbs will get an extra kick out the door come January 1, 2012, when 100-watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be sold. Under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, America will transition to more energy-efficient lighting, starting in 2012. Every year after that, incandescent light bulbs will see another cut: 75-watt bulbs will be phased out by 2013, and 40- and 60-watt bulbs by 2014.

While this is great news, most Americans are unaware of it; 75 percent of the people surveyed had no idea that the government plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs. Does this mean they’re buying CFLs strictly for their money- and energy-saving benefits. We think so.

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Jeff Reiland
11/4/2011 4:28:45 PM
The trend towards more efficient lighting is great, but lack of choice is disconcerting. CFLs don't work well in a cold garage, for example. "Does this mean they’re buying CFLs strictly for their money- and energy-saving benefits. We think so." So why the federal government mandate?

Kristina Almquist
11/4/2011 3:45:18 PM
I much prefer the incandescent light. The fact that CFL's are hazardous waste is a real bummer. You have to figure most people throw them in the garbage when they stop working, which they do rather rapidly if you're turning them off and on alot. Frankly, I've started stockpiling incandescents.

6/9/2011 11:34:19 AM
We use CFLs and they're not lasting as long as they should, they're not suited to areas where you are turning lights on and off, or in rough service areas such as workshops. They're great where you are working or reading for long periods. I think we should have choices, not all applications can use these bulbs. I'm all for progress, energy savings and technology, but how much conservation do you have with planned obsolescence. What do you do with items no longer usable, because you can't buy what you need to make them work ie. film. So what is the answer?

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