New Light Bulb Regulations Explained


Understanding the Changes to Light Bulbs

Upgrade to more energy efficient light bulbs and save money!

Federal energy regulations have phased out certain types of light bulbs and replaced them with newer, more energy efficient alternatives.

But I can help you take advantage of this legislation, and easily upgrade your home’s lighting with eco- and wallet-friendly options.

This phase out plan began in January of 2012 and is scheduled through the end of 2014. Manufacturers and stores are allowed to sell out their back stock, but no new bulbs may be produced.

led-light-bulbsWhen buying bulbs in the past, our focus was on watts, the measure of energy used by the bulb. Our focus now is on lowering the wattage of the bulbs and reducing their energy usage while maintaining the brightness.

A bulb’s light is measured in lumens. The higher the lumen count, the brighter the light.

So, when it’s time to start upgrading from your energy-wasting bulbs, how do you find the right alternatives?

Our GE and Westpoint bulbs bring the best mix of light products. Halogen bulbs have very good light output, they live long and they are great at conserving energy. They’re also fully dimmable and deliver crisp, white light.

Compact fluorescent bulbs have a good lumen rating, and a much longer life span than halogen bulbs. They are also much more energy efficient, offer a variety of colors and some are dimmable.

LEDs have the longest life by far, are the most energy efficient and can be dimmable.

So, While all these alternatives are a little more expensive than their predecessors, they are all much more energy efficient. You don’t need as many, they last longer and they save you money in the long run.

Now everyone is enlightened. Use the new packaging to help determine which bulb best fits your needs.

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That’s it! Need more expert advice? Stop by Martens True Value hardware store in Reedsburg and ask one of our Hardwarians.

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