Lights out for old 40 / 60 watt light bulbs
A new federal law banning production of the all too familiar incandescent light bulbs is just one of hundreds of new rules and regulations that took effect across the U.S. January 1.
Government regulations stop businesses in the United States from manufacturing or importing 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs, all part of a 2007 federal law requiring light bulbs to meet higher energy efficiency standards.
U.S. companies stopped making 100- and 75-watt incandescent bulbs a year ago, but New Year's Day flipped the switch on the second phase of controversial federal legislation, banning production of the 60- and 40-watt bulbs.
The government wants consumers to use more energy-efficient alternatives, like halogen or compact fluorescent bulbs.
Incandescent bulbs burn through a lot of electricity. For the average household, they make up about 20 percent of the power bill.
Greener options of LED and CFL (Compact Florescent Light) bulbs use much less power than regular bulbs and last longer. Replacing 36 standard bulbs with CFLs or LEDS would lower your power bill by more than $200 a year, according to GE.
Some consumers have already made the switch noting the only thing they hate is the warm-up time when lights are turned on.
In addition to the warm up complaints, some consumers have complained about the color of CFLs and LEDs. Daylight ones have a blue tone while cool white have a warm tone that’s more traditional with that of an incandescent bulb.
Consumer Reports has said that LEDs last the longest, but they are also the more expensive option to replace incandescent bulbs. CFLs don't last quite as long as LEDs, but they are still a more efficient option and can use up to 70 percent less power.
While consumers might not appreciate the drop in choices or the rise in cost, the price is worth it in the long run because the bulbs can last a decade and will save the consumer hundreds of dollars, according to Consumer Reports.
Posted on Fri, January 3, 2014