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Is the 60W lightbulb illegal?

Beginning 2014, Federal Efficiency Standards Outlaw the Production of “old-school” 40 and 60 Watt Incandescent Lamps

About 6 out of 10 Americans don’t know that traditional incandescent lamps are being phased out. [1] As of January 1st, 2014, it goes against Federal law to manufacture one of these old things…

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Old-school 60W incandescent lamp

This federal regulation was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007, banning the production and importation of 40 and 60 Watt incandescent lamps.  Over the last several years, 100W and 75W incandescent were also phased out. About a third of consumers plan to stock up on these 60W incandescent lamps while they’re available in stores. Others will reach for halogen or compact fluorescent lamps (CFL).

What about LEDs?

More frequently referred to as LEDs, Light Emitting Diodes are small digital light bulbs that fit into an electrical circuit board and produce light when the correct voltage is applied to them. An LED light source comparable to a 60W incandescent lamp might be around 12.5 Watts. LEDs generally have a higher price tag, but they can actually save you money over time. Not only does an LED light source consume far less energy than a 60W lightbulb, the lifespan of this solid-state technology goes far beyond that of traditional incandescent lamps.  Most LEDs will last at least 10 years and some will last a couple decades. LED lighting is available in different wavelengths, meaning that they’re now offered in a wide range color temperatures like cool “daylight” colors and cozy orange colors you’d expect to come from an incandescent bulb. The infographic below compares Incandescent Lamps with CFL and LED lighting. lighting-by-the-numbers-infographic


[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/23/incandescent-lightbulb-phase-out_n_4493374.html

Author: Tom Jackson

I believe in a future that’s powered by clean energy. "Idealist" should not be a dirty word.

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