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Get the lowdown on incandescent light bulbs, and learn more about the energy-efficient light bulb options so you can start saving energy and money.
In 2007 Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act requiring new energy-efficient standards for basic light bulbs. From 2012 to 2014, all standard 100-, 75-, 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs are being phased out and will no longer be produced. Standard incandescent bulbs will still be available to purchase while supplies last. A number of specialty incandescent bulbs will remain available.
No. The incandescent bulb ban only affects specific types of light bulbs. Only the standard 100-, 75-, 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs are being phased out.
No. The standard incandescent bulbs simply do not meet the energy efficient guidelines outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act and because of this they will no longer be produced.
Light emitting diode (LED) bulbs and Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs are the most energy efficient bulbs on the market along with Halogen bulbs.
A watt is the amount of energy a light bulb uses. The lower the wattage, the lower the electric bill. CFLs and LEDs have a lower wattage than incandescent bulbs, but emit the same light output.
Lumens are the amount of light emitted from a light bulb. More lumens equals brighter light, fewer lumens equals dimmer light.
Incandescent bulbs are known for their warm glow. If you prefer this color temperature, shop for Warm White bulbs with a Kelvin temperature of 2500K-3000K. Color temperature can be found on the package in the lighting facts.
Lighting facts are listed on light bulb packaging and tell you everything you need to know about the light bulb from lumens to estimated energy costs.
LEDs, CFLs and any left over incandescent bulbs you may have can all be used for a table lamp. However, LEDs will save you the most on energy costs especially if it’s a light you use often, like a desk lamp.
Not that you’ll need to throw out your CFLs for a while, they last up to 9 years, but when you do, there are recycling centers available.