There has been a lot going on in the light bulb world that might have gotten lost in the mix the last few weeks – between holiday activities and the polar vortex, attention has been elsewhere. But something very important happened on January 1st, 2014: the incandescent light bulb was finally made illegal to produce, as part of a 2007 law signed into place by President George W. Bush. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 calls for all general purpose light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient than they currently are between 2012 and 2014.
LED and CFL bulbs can meet these new energy efficiency standards, but traditional incandescent light bulbs cannot.
While the slow rollout has been in place for the last few years – 100 and 75 watt incandescent bulbs were phased out at the beginning of 2012 – Americans are finally beginning to look at their lighting options more seriously. CFL and LED bulb prices have fallen and many experts believe these bulbs are more cost effective in the long-run anyway.
A new survey from light bulb manufacturer Sylvania estimates that over the last year one-third of homes in the United States have already gotten rid of their incandescent light bulbs. Home Depot, which is the country's largest seller of bulbs, has kept track of CFL and LED sales from October 2012 to October 2013 for cities that have populations of 100,000 or more people. The top five markets for energy efficient lighting are: Atlanta, Boston, Hartford, Miami and Orlando. The nation's capital rounds out the top ten at the bottom of the list.
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