There have been a good deal of inaccurate and misleading reports in the news lately about the upcoming incandescent phase out. In fact, even NBC Nightly News got it wrong when they recently said that the government is requiring people to switch to CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps).
The buzz is all about the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), signed by George W. Bush. The law was designed to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. Part of that law involves new standards for light bulbs (called “lamps” in the lighting industry). The first step toward implementing those standards is set to go into effect in just a little over 9 months (January 1, 2012), hence the recent news reports.
This week, we are going to publish a series of blog posts to educate you all about the upcoming phase out. We’ll write a post a day (details about new legislation do not exactly make for light reading).
By the end of the week, you will be an expert. At the very least, you’ll be better informed than NBC’s Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent!
We’ll start off with three basic facts about the EISA 2007 that will eliminate a number of misconceptions right off the bat:
- First of all, the law does not ban incandescent A-line light bulbs, nor does it mandate the use of CFLs. It simply sets new standards in efficiency for light bulbs.
- Today’s standard A-line incandescent light bulbs (the ones that most of us use around our homes or apartments), including the 100W, 75W, 60W, and 40W will eventually no longer be available for sale because they currently do not meet the new efficiency standards.
- The phase out is rolling; therefore the 100W light bulb will be the first eliminated. On January 1, 2012, today’s 100W incandescent light bulbs may no longer be manufactured or imported. However, stores will be able to sell any remaining inventory. The 75W light bulbs will be affected on January 1, 2013 and the 60W and 40W light bulbs will be affected on January 1, 2014.
Stay tuned this week for more information!