New light bulb law takes effect

The new year has brought with it new regulations for light bulbs due to a law signed in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Though the law was signed the better part of a decade ago, it was not scheduled to officially begin until January 1, 2014. Old style light bulbs will soon be a thing of the past, replaced with more energy efficient models. People will now be able to choose between the energy saving LED and CFL bulbs, each coming with their own distinct advantages.

Starting in January, it is now illegal for light bulb manufacturers to produce or import incandescent 40 or 60 watt bulbs because they do not meet the federally mandated efficiency standards. Higher wattage bulbs, 75 or 100 watts, have already been phased out in earlier parts of the mandate. Banning the lower watt light bulbs will have a much greater impact on the general population, according to experts, because they are more commonly used for residential lighting.

The changes will most likely not be noticed until we are well into 2014, when the remaining traditional bulbs are purchased but not replaced on store shelves. Businesses are anticipating providing information to consumers who might not be aware of the new changes.

While LED or CFL bulbs might be more expensive than traditional light bulbs up front, they are a money saving investment in the long run. They consume less energy and less electricity is lost to heat, so they provide a greater service for reduced energy bills. These bulbs also last much longer than what we are used to from lighting.

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