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Incandescent Lightbulbs Will See Dimmer Days

Incandescent light bulbs are being phased out in favor of LEDs, incandescents and halogens.

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Lifespan Planning for Incandescent Light Bulbs

Ireland is banning incandescent light bulbs in favor of energy-saving alternatives from 2009, making it the first country to take specific steps towards implementing a European Union pledge to switch to energy-efficient lighting by the end of the decade.

The US politicians are finally seeing the light, the energy bill passed in late 2007 will phase out incandescent light bulbs in the next four to 12 years in favor of compact fluorescents, halogens, and LEDs.

Light Bulbs Energy Efficiency for U.S.

Under the measure, all light bulbs must use 25 percent to 30 percent less energy than today’s products by 2012 to 2014. The phase-in will start with 100-watt bulbs in January 2012 and end with 40-watt bulbs in January 2014. By 2020, bulbs must be 70 percent more efficient.

With the phase out, the U.S. would cut light bulb electricity use by 60 percent by 2020. The light bulb standard alone will cut Americans’ electric bills up to $18 billion annually, according to Philips Electronics North America estimates.

Light Bulbs Manufacturing in China

China, which makes 70 percent of the world’s lightbulbs, has agreed to phase out incandescent bulbs in favor of more energy-efficient ones.

GE, however doesn't want to give up its incandescent heritage. GE representatives say that advancements to the light bulb invented by GE’s founder Thomas Edison could potentially elevate the energy efficiency of this 125-year-old technology to levels comparable to compact fluorescent lamps. High-efficiency incandescent lamps could provide the same high light quality, brightness and color as current incandescent lamps while saving energy and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

But what about long life? It seems that the longer lifespans of the bulbs offered by LEDs might still provide a greener solution. But time will sort it out. In the meantime, you can save electricity and money by converting your most heavily used lights to the most efficient bulbs you can find -- such as LEDs.



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