Flipping the Switch on Inefficient Lights

After a three-year-long process of attempting to phase out certain types of inefficient incandescent bulbs, the National Lighting Bureau has announced that the least-efficient incandescent lights will be phased out by the end of this year.

Starting on January 1, 2014, it will be illegal to manufacture or import 60-watt and 40-watt, general-purpose A-line incandescent bulbs. This phasing out of these top energy consumers started with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which has extinguished multiple other incandescent bulb types in previous years.

According to the National Lighting Bureau, the new rule will save both residential and commercial consumers approximately 176.25 billion kilowatt-hours each year as a result of the switch from incandescent bulbs to more efficient alternatives. Lowered energy costs of alternative lighting options combined with longer-lasting bulbs that require fewer replacements will mean significant long-term savings for consumers.


Consumers will still have multiple options to choose from when selecting lighting, as incandescent bulbs will not be phased out entirely. More efficient general-purpose incandescent lights (such as halogen lamps) will still be available along with a variety of specialty incandescent bulbs not impacted by the phase-out.

For more information on the phasing out of inefficient incandescent bulbs, you can visit the National Lighting Bureau’s website at www.nlb.org.

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