At the beginning of 2014, Garland residents will see a change in the way they illuminate their homes. As part of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs will no longer be available for import or manufacture in the United States. What this has to do with security still remains a mystery.
The phase-out of the traditional wire filament incandescent that we’ve come to know and love followed the 100-watt bulb’s 2012 phase-out as well as last year’s 75-watt discontinuation. Least we fret. Provided you can still find them and provided you’re still using them, the Energy Commission will not invade your home and strip away your lights. They’re just not available for purchase anymore.
For consumers, this produces a two-fold effect.
Reading more labels. Finding the right lighting for the right location in homes will require an evaluation of area lighting needs and understanding the types of illumination available.
Passing the expense onto the consumer. The back-end savings from energy cost will be realized by the consumer at the counter. This means you’ll be spending more money to save a little. Over the long-term, if you like updating your ledger, you may see savings.
The three types of bulbs replacing incandescents are: LED’s, CFL’s, and Halogen bulbs. Each bulb has a specific purpose and depending upon you’re lighting needs, can last a considerable time.
LED bulb. The Light Emitting Diode bulb uses 10-watts of electricity to produce a cool to-the-touch bulb equivalent to the 60-watt incandescent. Prices range for about $10 but if you want some real illumination, LED’s will cost you $30-$40. Energy Star rated LED’s are guaranteed to last 25,000 hours of normal use.
CFL’s. The Compact Fluorescent Light, the curly bulbs, often get the rap for illuminating slowly with not nearly the brightness of an incandescent. Designed for a 3-hours a day minimum use, CFL’s are great for areas lit for long periods of time, ex. front porches, over the sink. Switching CFL’s on-an-off diminishes their lifetime.
Halogen bulbs. Your replacement for the incandescent. Costing $1 - $2 a piece, the halogen gas filled capsule works and acts nearly the same as the incandescent. They burn hot using less energy replicating the same warm yellow glow.
For antiquarians, this may be the last chance to horde on all the old incandescents and build a nice stockpile of collectors items.