Additional light bulb regulations are going into effect starting in January of 2013 and 2014. The upcoming changes to the regulations will phase out more incandescent, halogen, and fluorescent light bulbs for more energy-efficient bulbs.
Beginning in January 2012 and phasing through the start of 2014, the U.S. Federal lighting efficiency standards has approved legislation banning the manufacturing of most 100, 75, 60, and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs.
Additional legislation added in July of 2012 and phasing into 2014, mandates that halogen bulbs greater than 35-watts (PAR20, PAR30, and PAR38) and linear "tube" fluorescent bulbs (T8, T12, F32, F34, F40, and F96) be replaced by a bulb that uses less energy, but produces the same amount of light output. The new legislation mandates that these incandescent light bulbs be replaced by a bulb that uses 30% less energy, but produces the same amount of light output.
After 2012, the incandescent light bulbs that you use today may not be available at your True Value Hardware Store or any other store, for that matter. These bulbs will be replaced with energy-efficient options such as Halogen, CFL, and LED light bulbs.
Yes. Many specialty bulbs such as refrigerator & appliance bulbs, shatter-resistant bulbs, globes, and candelabra bulbs will still be available. The new legislation also does not impact linear "tube" fluorescents in sizes other than 4 and 8 feet.
Quite a lot! After the new regulations go into effect, U.S households will be on the way to collectively saving close to $6 billion by 2015, according to an estimate by the U.S. Department of Energy. We'll accomplish this because the new light bulbs require less electricity to operate, which saves on energy costs. They also emit less heat than incandescent light bulbs, so cooling systems won't work as hard, thus helping to lower cooling bills. Finally, since the new bulbs last longer, you'll change them less often, and that will save you money as well.
While the most common alternative to incandescent light bulbs used today is the CFL, there are some subtle differences among the options, depending on your lighting fixture and preference. And while the upfront cost of the bulb may be more ($2.99 - $9.99, based on product line and wattage), the cost is more than offset in energy savings and product longevity.
|Halogen bulbs||CFL bulbs||LED bulbs|
|How do these 3 types of bulbs rate for energy efficiency?|
|Least energy efficient||Very energy efficient||Very energy efficient|
|How long do they last?|
|Up to 2,000 hours||Up to 12,000 hours||Up to 40,000 hours|
|How many watts of electricity do they use, compared to incandescent bulbs?|
|27% less||75% less||75% less|
|What type of light do they produce?|
|Bright, crisp light||A wide range of color options||Bright, crisp light|
|Do they come as a dimmable option?|
|Yes||Yes, however, not all CFLs can be used with dimmer switches||Yes, however, not all LEDs can be used with dimmer switches|
|Can I use it outdoors?|
|Yes||Yes, but they need to be covered and/or protected from the elements. Low temps also may increase warm up times.||Yes|
|What are their limitations?|
|Life & efficiency is not to the level of CFL or LED||Slow warm up vs. standard incandescent to reach full light output from a cold start, minute mercury content, and dimmability||Limited light output (lumens vs. standard incandescent) and dimmability|
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