Consumer Alert: Energy Efficient Bulbs Phase in Next Year!

As seen on When you ring in the new year in a couple of months, you’ll also begin to ring out old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs.

New federal energy standards require manufacturers to bring more efficient lighting to the market, to cut down on electricity.

There’s a slew of new energy-saving light bulbs for sale. Still, most consumers aren’t giving up on the old incandescent.

“I don’t think that the warmth of the light is the same as the older lightbulbs,” said one customer.

But beginning Jan.1, we’ll all have to start making the switch.

“Primarily, this is going to save consumers money and on another level, we are going to be saving money as a nation and the need to build power plants,” said Davis Lis of Northeast Energy Efficient Partnerships.

CFL’s, or compact fluorescent light bulbs, use about 80 percent less energy than incandescents and last up to 10 times as long.

The LED saves about the same amount of energy and can last up to 25 times longer. And you’ll now be buying in lumens, which measure light output, not watts, which measures how much electricity is used.

For example, with a regular incandescent and a CFL that have 1600 lumens,the incandescent draws 100 watts, and the CFL draws only 23 watts. That’s less than a quarter of the energy that produces the same light.

For those who want the old bulb, an energy-efficient halogen version barely meets federal efficiency levels.

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The phase out of the old Tom Edisons begins in January with the 100- watt incandescent. The following year, say goodbye to 75 watts, and in 2014, 60’s and 40’s fade to black.

And although prices are still high for the new bulbs, there are savings in the long run.

“Replacing 15 bulbs would save between $50 and $100 a year on utility bills,” said Lis.

There have been complaints about the new bulbs being too harsh or not bright enough. But manufacturers are stepping up with different color temperatures. And CFLs do have small amounts of mercury.

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