New Standards For Light Bulbs To Go Into Effect In 2012

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – If you have been shopping for light bulbs recently, you may have noticed some things are changing.

Specifically, you’re seeing fewer and fewer incandescent light bulbs on the shelves.

Just about a year from now will mark the beginning of the end for incandescent altogether and many consumers aren’t happy about it.

John Codman is stocking up because of a new federal law that most people don’t even know about.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 raises efficiency standards for light bulbs. That means, the old energy-inefficient incandescents won’t pass.

At the beginning of 2012, 100-watt incandescent light bulbs will be phased out. In 2013, the 75-watt bulbs will be phased out with the 40-watt bulbs being phased out in 2014.

For Codman, it’s not so much the hassle of having to replace his light bulbs as it is about the federal government telling him what kind of lighting he can and can’t use in his home.

“I’ve looked at the Constitution and I can’t see that they have any authority about what kind of light bulbs we’re using,” Codman said.

The controversy stems from newer bulbs like the compact fluorescent light bulb. They don’t light up instantly and if you break one, you have mercury to clean up.

However, all may not be lost.

There’s a company in Massachusetts that says it’s leading the way toward the future of light bulbs with LEDs.

“The LEDs are 80 percent more efficient and they will last 25 times longer,” Dr. Makarand Chipalkatti with Sylvania said.

LEDs are just now entering the market for use in homes. They’re mercury-free, light up instantly. and they’re dimmable.

Of course, there is a catch and it’s an expensive one at that.

LED bulbs can run as much as $20, though prices are expected to drop.

As for Codman, he’s no light bulb snob. He does have some CFLs in his house and he said he’s even tried the LEDs. He just prefers the incandescent light bulbs in his home.

  • Freddy

    Always a resistance to change .

    • Clinton Thomas

      This is becoming a communist country. I heard of a man incarcerated for 6 months all because he wouldn’t clean up his property. Its getting totally ridiculous anymore. We are gonna be told where to live, when and how much to eat, when to sleep, even when to use the bathroom. Watch out cause we will even be told how many sheets of toilet paper to use!

      • Roxy Beer

        I re-used tires instead of dumping them like any other jerk in my neighborhood would have done. We stacked them and used them as planters with herbs and flowers. When a city employee was checking on another property we got cited for the tires and had to remove them even though we explained they were planters. Another neighbor does the same and was not made to remove them but we had to.

        So now I can’t recycle? Guess where the tires wound up?

      • NM

        I know what you are saying. This is getting crazy in America. My husband even said that these new light bulbs they are pushing on us will be costing more. He believes that this is the main reason for the change. The government uses the idea that it’s for the environment because people will jump on the band wagon but in reality it’s just so they can charge more and like you say, they can have more power and control over us. I hope I’m long gone before things get really out of hand. This country needs MAJOR REVOLUTION!

  • Matt

    Well the truth is we do have constitutional rights. However, lately, I’ve been seeing the government rejecting it and replacing it with their own “rules”. Even though cutting down on the amount of CO2 we’re using, this is one way to do it. But yet we still have the right to choose and not to choose. I think this is a bad idea and a good idea all together.

  • cliff

    wwhat about lamps that use 3 way bulbs are we going to get rid of them or are they going to made bulbs to replace them

    • Mike

      LOL they have had fluorescent bulbs that a 3 way for years now.. i have had a few in my house for atleast 3 years now.. walmart and lowes have good prices on the.

  • Lambert

    Our country use to be needed by others because of our resources and our financial strength. We are using all that we produce and our economy is weak because we have little to offer. The best we can offer is to be the bodygurad of the world. I would rather keep our troops home and use whatever lightbulb and other recomendations is made to accomplish this. Dont let our country die of its own stupidity. Freedom is not using whatever we want or doing whatever we want in a reckless manner.

  • Marsha

    RIGHT ON LAMBERT Who cares about lighting, three way bulbs, etc . . . I know our government lets us down. When things are bad economically we become a bunch of anti government fools. . . but come on. “FREEDOM IS NOT FREE” . . a lot of military guys and gals and their families can say that for sure. You idiots are not willing to use a different bulb!!! You might as well get used to dependency on other countries. . . its coming. Idiots!!

    • nancy

      I find it so wrong that we are being ‘told’ what kind of light bulbs we can use! Some of us on S.S won’t be able to pay for the new LED ones. I’m going to buy up what I can of the 3-ways , 60w and 75w.

  • Lynn

    This new website sucks KDKA

    • Terry Boots

      You got that right, Lynn.

    • Kathy

      Yes, Lynn. It does.

  • Ed

    I don’t see any available, or reasonable priced, CFL bulbs for the dimmable or automatic photoelectric switched applications, or how about the specialty bulbs for chandeliers or bathroom vanities and such.

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