40 & 60-watt incandescent light bulbs end production New Year's Day

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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013 6:04 pm | Updated: 10:49 am, Mon Dec 30, 2013.

SARASOTA, FLA. - Steve Holm was a busy man at Lowe’s on Sunday. The electrical department manager had plenty of customers with questions due to the January 1st ban on manufacturing 60 and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs.

“Basically the law says that manufactures can no longer make the 40 and 60-watt incandescent bulbs,” said Holm.

The law is the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, also called the Energy Bill, signed by President George W. Bush. 100 and 75-watt incandescent bulbs were banned in 2012 and 2013 and on New Years Day it will be illegal to manufacture and import the most popular 60 and 40-watt bulbs.

“Basically there is still supply out there. You can still go to your local store and buy those but when supply runs out, they will no longer be available,” said Holm.

Be says Lowe’s has enough of a supply to last several months but Rick Woodriff didn’t want to take any chances and decided to stock up.

“I just wanted to get a supply until I make the adjustment.”

Woodriff admits he is not a big fan of the energy efficient CFL bulbs.

“They didn’t seem to give off enough light, there was a little flicker to them and it was very difficult to read by.”

LED bulbs are the longest lasting and most energy efficient bulbs on the market but they are also the most expensive. According to Holm, the price of LED bulbs is falling.

“It is just like when any new product comes out it’s more expensive at first and as more of it is out there in supply then the price will come down.”

Specialty incandescent light bulbs including three-way, appliance and decorative incandescents are not affected by the ban.

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  • srqhelpdesk posted at 2:09 pm on Mon, Dec 30, 2013.

    srqhelpdesk Posts: 1

    Back to the drawing board, the price of an Easy Bake Oven just went up!

  • lighthouse posted at 7:08 am on Mon, Dec 30, 2013.

    lighthouse Posts: 2

    Dept Energy grid data, mainly small off-peak evening surplus electricity use, and base loading coal plants on minimum night cycle basically burn the same coal anyway regardless of bulb used.

    The light bulb ban makes no sense (except for major
    manufacturers who together as NEMA lobbied for and got ban on cheap
    patent expired generic unprofitable lighting)
    14 points why the light bulb ban arguments don't hold up:

  • lighthouse posted at 7:06 am on Mon, Dec 30, 2013.

    lighthouse Posts: 2

    Strange to ban a popular safe product and push arguably unsafe ones - the opposite to usual practice.
    Also, it is simply a ban to reduce electricity consumption.
    But light bulbs don't burn coal or release CO2 gas.
    Power plants might, and might not.
    If there's a problem, deal with the problem.


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