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Americans Overwhelmingly Support Incandescent Light Bulb Phaseout

2/23/2011 2:09:09 PM

Tags: light bulbs, compact fluorescent light bulbs, CFLs, LEDs, light bulb phaseout, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailSo, why would Republicans repeal the law that begins phasing out energy-sucking traditional light bulbs next year? Most Americans support the phase-out and enjoy their low-energy lighting, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. Almost 3 out of 4 Americans, or 71 percent, say they have replaced standard light bulbs in their homes with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which use 75 percent less energy than incandescents, or light emitting diodes (LEDs). A whopping 84 percent are satisfied with the new bulbs.

"Converting to CFLs or LEDs is a simple, easy step homeowners can take and have an immediate impact on their home energy efficiency," says Marjorie Kass, managing director of MXenergy, one of the nation's fastest growing independent energy providers. "By making this move, people automatically reduce their electricity consumption. Our hope is once they take that first step, they will become excited and motivated to look for other areas where they can become more efficient as well."

Last month Representative Joe Barton of Texas led a handful of Republicans in the House of Representatives to repeal the 2007 law, which the industry group representing light-bulb manufacturers supports. “People don't want Congress dictating what light fixtures they can use," Barton said in a statement.

The 2007 law set new standards for the amount of light produced per unit of energy, forcing out standard incandescent light bulbs in favor of more efficient options, including CFLs, which are primarily manufactured in China, Tom LoBianco reports on PlattsEnergyWeek. Kyle Pitsor, vice president of government relations for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, which represents light bulb manufacturers on federal matters, says bulb manufacturers are improving their technology and expanding operations in the United States. TCP will move some of its CFL production from China to a new factory in Ohio, and Sylvania is retrofitting a Pennsylvania plant to produce halogen bulbs that meet the new efficiency standards, Pitsor said.

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Most Americans have switched to CFLs or LEDs--and they're satisfied. 


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Sheri Menelli
2/24/2013 6:35:42 AM
Wow, I couldn't be more shocked by this article. When CFLs first came out I was convinced we should replace all of our lightbulbs. Not only did I find out there was an alarming amount of mercury in them but I had MOST of them burn out in only a few months. I hated them but when I first bought them I was certain that it was better for the planet. Now I think we were lied to. I've not met anyone who liked CLFs better. It would be interesting to see Mother Earth do their own survey.

john haendiges
3/1/2011 2:32:08 PM
While I don't have the numbers to back it up, I question those results. Were they asking only Austin hippies and Greenpeace members? I don't know a single person who has tried CFLs and liked them better than incandesant bulbs other than their longer lifespan. The biggest complaint has always been their lack of adequate brightness by comparison unless you buy the higher wattage equivalent models that don't save as much money per watt, and many are concerned by their mercury content. I know several folks who are buying up incandesant bulbs in anticipation of the phaseout, and they're not alone. Methinks some of the respondants to the survey painted a greener picture of themselves than reality otherwise would, and surveys can be tuned to reflect whatever the questioner wishes as it's outcome.

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