Contact Us

New Lighting Standards to Take Effect in January 2012

Flickr User Liz West

Beginning early next year, a new standard from the United States Department of Energy goes into effect. It will change the most common of household items: the lightbulb.

We all have several of them in our homes but did you ever wonder just how much energy they use? The traditional incandescent bulb expels a lot of heat thus ballooning that utility bill each month. What can be done? Thanks to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, passed by Congress and signed by then-president George W. Bush, strict new guidelines will begin January 1st, 2012. There won’t be much difference to you the consumer – the current “regular” bulbs sold in stores will be replaced with more energy efficient units.

The new lighting standard will require that all bulbs sold in the country will use anywhere from 25 to 80 percent less power than the preexisting ones. Some of the new bulbs are already on store shelves and meet the requirement. These include the new energy friendly incandescent ones, the CFL’s and LEDs.

Dr. Kathleen Hogan with the U.S. Department of Energy says your wallet will definitely appreciate the changeover. Hogan explains “traditional bulbs use about 90 percent heat and that’s why those energy costs are so expensive. The new ones concentrate more on the purpose which is light.”

They will first begin with 100 watt bulbs in 2012 and move on to 75 watts in 2013. In 2014, they will fizzle out the old 40 and 60 watt bulbs. By the year 2015 when all is said and done, about $6-billion-dollars will be saved nationwide.

The newer bulbs provide a wide range of choices in color and brightness, and many of them will last much longer than traditional light bulbs. The lighting standards, which phase in from 2012-2014, do not ban incandescent or any specific bulb type; they say that bulbs need to use about 25% less energy.

Dr. Hogan says the average per year savings for a homeowner is about $50 when you replace 15 traditional incandescent bulbs in your home.

Best of WOBM-AM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Beachcombers quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.