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The Death of the Incandescent Light Bulb

The Death of the Incandescent Light Bulb

 When you think of an ordinary light bulb, what comes to mind?  The answer is probably this:  an incandescent light bulb.  These light bulbs have small wires and a filament that are enclosed with round, clear glass and have a metal base with screw threads.  They produce light through the heating of the filament.  You’ve seen hundreds of them during your life.


Well you’re image of light bulbs is about to change…


As of January 1, 2014, manufacturers are prohibited from manufacturing most incandescent light bulbs. 


In 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law an energy bill that require light bulb manufacturers to phase out production of incandescent light bulbs as follows:


  • January 1, 2012:  100 Watt Incandescent Bulbs are Phased Out
  • January 1, 2013:  75 Watt Incandescent Bulbs are Phased Out
  • January 1, 2014:  40 & 60 Watt Incandescent Bulbs are Phased Out


The goal of this law is to make light bulbs more efficient and reduce the amount of energy needed to power them.


Here are a few ways that change could impact you:

  • You will have three choices when purchasing light bulbs:  compact fluorescent lights; LED bulbs; and halogen bulbs.
  • It is my understanding that these bulbs are more expensive, but will help you reduce your electric bill.
  • There is new terminology to learn.  For example, the term “lumens” is now used to measure brightness instead of watts.  It takes 1600 lumens to replace a 100 watt bulb.


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