The incandescent bulb ban is quickly approaching. California will be the first state to ban the 100W incandescent light bulb, starting on January 1, 2011.
The rest of the country will begin the phase out starting in January of 2012. Eventually, 100W, 75W, 60W, and 40W incandescent light bulbs will all be banned from sale. There will also be minimum energy efficiency standards for existing incandescent bulbs.
The phase out is a part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which is meant to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. But Americans have been lighting their homes with incandescent bulbs since Edison patented his design in the 19th century. What will light after the incandescent bulb ban look like?
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently published a brochure explaining the various options for replacing incandescent bulbs (halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, and solid state bulbs). They even included an illustration of a U.S. household with lighting suggestions for each room to replace old incandescent bulbs. Check out the brochure for details, it’s very helpful! Also, feel free to weigh in by commenting below:
Will you “go green” early and start switching out your incandescent bulbs?