In 2007, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act. The act includes a section on “Lighting Energy Efficiency”, and the phasing out of most current incandescent light bulbs.
A year ago from today, production stopped on 100 watt incandescent bulbs. And starting tomorrow, production ends on 75 watt incandescent bulbs as well. This means that companies will no longer be allowed to manufacture the bulbs.
Rich Lavallee, the Assistant Manager at Rocky’s Ace Hardware in East Longmeadow, says the move towards more energy efficient light bulbs is a good one.
“With the CFL’s (compact fluorescent lights) or LEDs (light emitting diode), they’re going to be a lot more energy efficient and costwise for the homeowner, and a it will be a longer life expectancy for the life of the bulb,” said Lavallee.
The cost of a 75 watt incandescent bulb is cheaper to purchase in store than a CFL or Halogen bulb, but Lavallee says it’s worth it in the long run.
“The price is probably going to be, in comparison because of the life of the bulb, well worth it in the end,” said Lavallee.
But if you’re worried about stocking up on the incandescent bulbs you’re so accustomed to before the end of the year, there is no need to panic. The production of 100 watt incandescent bulbs ended a year ago today, but there are still plenty left on the shelves of many hardware stores. And if they’re on the shelves, stores can sell them. The same goes for the 75 watt bulbs.
The hope for the Energy Independence and Security Act is to have roughly two-hundred percent greater efficiency for light bulbs, or similar energy savings, by 2020.