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Phase Out Coming For More Light Bulbs
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Forty percent of Americans don't know that incandescent light bulbs are being phased out. That's according to lighting company, Osram Sylvanias, recently released 2013 edition of its Socket Survey.
The results come as plans to phase out more bulbs draw near. Its all part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The federal government started phasing out 75 and 100 watt incandescent light bulbs six years ago.
I bet you we can have three out of five people that are frustrated with the light bulb situation, Sue Snitker, a manager at O'Donnell's Ace Hardware in Cedar Rapids said.
And now, Snitker is preparing for more disgruntled buyers as 40 and 60 watt bulbs are next. Theyll begin being phased out on January 1st of 2014.
"They all want to buy what they used to. Theyre just not sure theyre getting what they want out of it, Snitker said.
But, Heather Holmes of Alliant Energy said it really is a bright idea because incandescent bulbs burn hotter so theyre a fire risk, and, overall, they just don't work as well.
"It uses more energy, Holmes explained.
For example, Alliant set up a display in July of 2012 with an LED light bulb, a CFL light bulb and an incandescent light bulb. Since then, they haven't had to replace the CFL or the LED, but the incandescent bulb has been replaced 6 times.
Your incandescent bulbs although cheaper in the store, may not be as efficient long term, Holmes said.
Holmes explained that CFLs save 70 percent more energy than incandescent bulbs. LEDs save up to 80 percent more than incandescent bulbs. Yet, despite the phase out, customers will not be left in the dark if they still prefer incandescent bulbs.
Incandescent bulbs are still going to be manufactured, theyre just going to be at a higher energy efficiency standard, Holmes said.
The bulbs will be 25 percent more efficient than the original. Snitker isnt finished with them either. Six years after 75 and 100 watt light bulbs began getting phased out, customers are still asking for them.
I keep ordering them in until I cant get them any longer, and then at that point, we have to switch and try something new, Snitker said.
The language for describing light bulbs will also change. It will go from watts to lumens. Lumens are a measure of brightness. For those trying to figure out a replacement for their incandescent bulbs, the packaging will help.
Its kind of like the nutrition guide when you go shopping for your groceries, Holmes said.
The guide on the back of the package will not only summarize the benefits of a LED or CFL, it will show consumers which light bulb is equivalent to a 40 or 60 watt bulb.
"It's all a new thing for everybody," Snitker said.
For customers that buy LED or CFL bulbs, there is an incentive. At more than 300 stores in Iowa, shoppers receive an instant rebate of 50 percent off the purchase price, up to $10.00.