Americans Unaware of Federal Phase-Out of Incandescent Light Bulbs

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.