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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out 944

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Lucas123 writes "Even though production of 75W and 100W incandescent lamps were phased out earlier this year, many U.S. consumers remain blissfully unaware of The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, an energy efficiency standard that requires an initial 30% reduction in energy use for screw-in bulbs. By 2020, the federal standard requires bulbs to use 65% less energy. According to a new survey, only 40% of Americans are aware that incandescent bulbs are being phased out. However, the federal regulations are about to impact the most popular bulbs of all — 40W and 60W lamps. As of Jan. 1, 2014, the bulbs will no longer be produced. A significant portion of those who are aware of the phase out have been hoarding the bulbs in anticipation of the ban."
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

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  • by SeaFox (739806) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @06:58PM (#45784085)

    If you have a brain, you got rid of those fucking things more than 5 years ago.

    Notice how it's not suggested the reason 60% of people are "blissfully unaware" of this phase-out is because they stopped using incandescent bulbs already and don't care.

  • by jareth-0205 (525594) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @07:00PM (#45784095) Homepage

    If you're in a coal-fired powerstation area, then it's still a major win. There's mercury in the bulbs, but mercury is released by burning coal and the power savings more than outweigh what's in the bulb.

  • by cervesaebraciator (2352888) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @07:18PM (#45784229)
    When we used to raise chickens, we'd use incandescent bulbs for heat lamps during the winter. The chickens appreciated the extra light (it increased laying) and the "waste" heat wasn't a waste at all.
  • by BLKMGK (34057) <morejunk4me&hotmail,com> on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @07:45PM (#45784391) Homepage Journal

    I'm using some of the LED floods from that Home Depot page as well as some Cree and the ones with the yellow phosphor on them. The floods use maybe 20watts apiece and replaced bulbs drawing 120watts apiece. They dim fine, they throw a ton of light, and I know they don't get hot although outside I could care less. The packages on that page are multipacks but when I first started buying bulbs single bulbs could be as much as $40 - they're still running 2 years later. I've swapped out a ton of the older bulbs and many of the fluorescent ones too. So far no LED have burned out on me and they light well. I no longer feel the need to keep a bunch of bubs in the closet - I don't ever need replacements. I couldn't say that before!

  • by DrDitto (962751) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @08:12PM (#45784529)
    About 6 years ago I switched over to CFLs. I dealt with the crappy light quality, flicker, and high failure rate. Then my wife broke a CFL literally inches from my 2-year old's face. I'm thinking "meh, I played with mercury thermometers as a kid. big deal". But then I read about vaporized mercury (yes, it goes to solid dust when not pressurized but still) and visited the EPA website which, at the time, recommended I replaced the carpet in the bedroom. Not cool. My wife was in a state of panic over the possible mercury inhaled by our 2-year old. We obviously have no idea about how much mercury he was exposed to. I know that eating several fish is probably equivalent to the same amount of mercury, but there is a difference between inhaled dust and food digested by your stomach. At which point I switched the entire house back to incadescent. And I bought a shitload of 75W and 100W bulbs (probably a 10 year supply). Now granted nowadays I'd just buy LEDs, but cheap LEDs weren't available in 2009-ish. After that experience and given my stock of incadescents, I'm going to keep using incadescents until my stock runs out. I can afford it and I don't a flying fuck about what others think. I do far more to reduce carbon emissions in other ways. That said, I'll only buy a small stock of 40W / 60W. LEDs are good enough nowadays that I see myself switching to those (but you never know when you want a cheap lightbulb for a cheap temporary lamp or something).
  • by ColdWetDog (752185) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @08:57PM (#45784761) Homepage

    Right. I'm going to keep the receipts of every blasted bulb I buy. Kudos to you if you are that organized - I can barely keep tabs on the big stuff. Even if I kept the receipt the hassle factor would likely kick in and the thing would sit in a box until springtime when the haz mat pickup occurs. Then it would get tossed in that box.

    Manufacturers bank on that behavior. I'll bet it works out for them rather well.

  • by pubwvj (1045960) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @09:29PM (#45784933) Homepage

    This is a beautiful example of too much government by idiots. What the city slicker politicians and neo-econazies don't understand is that the 100W bulbs are useful. I use them for the combination of heat and light they produce on our farm. They are lower power than the 250W bulbs and thus safer so they're less likely to cause a fire while still providing heat in a creep setting for baby chicks, ducklings and piglets.

    In my home I all of my light bulbs are LED, because I want light. But in the sheds in the winter the heat of the incandescent bulbs is useful.

    If you don't want to buy them then don't. But no need to outlaw them. The law is plain arrogance and fascism.

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