Thursday, May 13, 2010
Most Americans Unaware of Federal Phase-Out of Incandescent Light Bulbs
Using compact fluorescent bulbs to save energy is a no-brainer—and 82 percent of Americans are now on board, according to a GE Lighting study.
Americans’ voluntary switching from incandescent light bulbs to CFLs is a promising step toward smarter energy use.
These inefficient bulbs will get an extra kick out the door come January 1, 2012, when 100-watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be sold.
Under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, America will transition to more energy-efficient lighting, starting in 2012. Every year after that, incandescent light bulbs will see another cut: 75-watt bulbs will be phased out by 2013, and 40- and 60-watt bulbs by 2014.
While this is big step in energy conservation, most Americans are unaware of it; 75 percent of those surveyed have no idea that the government plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs.
Incandescent Lighting is not the only type of lighting being phased out, The standard T-12 flourescent lamp Ballast that has been the flourescent standard for decades has already been phased out and the T-12 flourescent lamps will soon follow.