We now have choices when purchasing light bulbs for our home, but which one is the best for the money, and are incandescent bulbs still available?
People are still wondering: "Were incandescent light bulbs actually banned since the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA)?" Back in December of 2013 and January 2014, when old 60-watt incandescents were officially phased out, there was a lot of fuss over the
"light bulb law." But if someone is still selling incandescent bulbs, are they breaking the law? In spite of the bad reporting a few years back, light bulbs using incandescent lighting technology were not banned by the government. Any lamp failing to meet the energy standards set by EISA in 2007 could no longer be manufactured. Those lamps were, for the most part, tungsten-filament incandescents.
According to Energy Star 2011:
"The standards are technology neutral, which means any type of bulb can be sold as long as it meets the efficiency requirements. Common household light bulbs that traditionally use between 40 and 100 watts will use at least 27% less energy by 2014."
If manufacturers wanted to sell incandescent light bulbs beyond 2013, they would have to be more energy-efficient technology. Today's incandescent lamps are, on average, doubly as efficient as they were when EISA was signed into law thanks to advancement in halogen technology. In 2020, light bulbs will need to be 60-70 percent more efficient than the standard incandescent on the shelf. Most, if not all, of today's compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and LED's have already well surpassed that efficiency threshold, but halogen-based incandescents still have some catching up to do.
Does the 2020 standard set by EISA spell the end for incandescents? Can't say for certain, but major price reductions in CFLs and LEDs have come in recent years.
Join us at one of the educational sessions being held in August to get more information regarding light bulbs and more...
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TrueNorth's emPower program holds educational sessions each month covering a different topic. Check out the "CLASS SCHEDULE" below to see where we will be holding these sessions for August.
Topic for August Educational Sessions: Energy Conservation and Savings