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Incandescent Bulb Phase-Out Myths Debunked

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Buildings (12/30/13) 

The final step of the Energy Independence and Security Act went into effect on New Year's Day, meaning that incandescent 40- and 60-watt bulbs can no longer be manufactured. Apartment managers have dealt with light phase-outs before, first in 2012 (100-watt bulbs) and then in 2013 (75-watt bulbs). According to Lowe's, there are several things managers and their staffers need to know about the change. First, according to the legislation, consumers can still use their existing incandescent light bulbs and retailers are still permitted to sell the bulbs they have on their shelves and in stock. Manufacturers are simply required to stop producing non-compliant products as of Jan. 1.  

Second, most won't notice a major difference. For those who prefer the look and feel of incandescent light bulbs, manufacturers have developed halogen light bulbs that both meet the new efficiency standards and offer the characteristics of traditional bulbs. These bulbs may cost more up front. However, they will pay off in the long run by saving 28 percent in energy costs over the life of the product.  

Third, apartment managers won't need to replace bulbs until their young children graduate from college. According to Lowe's manufacturers, the average LED bulb will last over 22 years (based on three hours of usage per day). Finally, those who are concerned with safety should know that these are not the compact fluorescents (CFLs) of years past. CFLs, one of the most popular replacements for incandescent bulbs, were previously considered a safety concern due to their mercury content. Today's CFLs contain less mercury than a common household thermometer.

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