Incandescent Light Bulbs Phase Out
As of January 1, 2014, the 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured. This is the final phase of the multi-year incandescent phase out - which began with the 100-watt bulb in 2012.
LED bulbs are the latest innovation in lighting. LEDs use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and up to 50 percent less energy than CFL bulbs. In addition to being extremely energy-efficient, an LED bulb's life is exceptionally long, cutting down both operating costs and the inconvenience of maintenance.
LED bulbs also come in dimmable options now and produce color similar to incandescent alternatives.
· LED: Replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs leads to immediate savings on the electric bill. LED bulbs supply just as much light as incandescent bulbs but require far less electricity. LEDs use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and up to 50 percent less energy than CFL bulbs. The lights are reliable, safe and durable with no moving parts and generate a high level of brightness. LED bulbs also have an exceptionally long life expectancy lasting up to 25,000 hours or 23 years.
**Standard white LED bulbs produce light that resembles daylight. You can buy LEDs in warmer colors to produce a similar quality of light as incandescent light bulbs in other rooms. Additionally, like regular incandescent bulbs many LEDs are dimmable to create various types of light.
· CFL Light bulbs: CFLs, compact fluorescent lights, are another good energy-efficient option for consumers looking to save money on their energy bills. CFL bulbs emit the same amount of light as traditional bulbs, but use 75 percent less energy and last up to 9 years longer. CFL bulbs usually pay for themselves in just three to six months. CFL bulbs can help consumers cut energy costs - up to $55 per electricity bill - depending on the bulb type and wattage. CFLs are available in a wide range of wattages from 5-watts to 68-watts (or 25 to 300-watt equivalents) and are an affordable lighting option. A 14-watt (60-watt equivalent) CFL bulb costs about $1.74/per bulb and lasts 10,000 hours. CFL bulbs are available in three color temperatures (soft white, bright white and daylight) as well as both dimming and non-dimming options.
· Halogens and High-Efficiency Incandescent Bulbs: Halogen and high-efficiency incandescent bulbs are another energy-saving bulb option. High-efficiency incandescent bulbs cost on average $1.50 each and last two to three years, and are 28 percent more efficient. In fact, researchers have been able to produce some incandescent light bulbs with up to 50 percent efficiency.
The Home Depot offers 40-watt, 60-watt and 75-watt equivalents.
MAKE YOUR HOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT
· Upgrading your bulbs is a great first step to making your entire home more energy efficient, which can lead to substantial savings
· ENERGY STAR® certified CFLs can save you $125 a year - and pay for themselves in only 6 months when used to replace incandescent light bulbs.
· CREE LED light bulbs cost only $1.14 a year in energy - that's a lifetime energy savings of $139, and they last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
· Also, ceiling fans with lights that are ENERGY STAR® certified are 60% more efficient than conventional units
· Change out your bulbs: Replacing five traditional incandescent bulbs in your home with more energy-efficient versions can save up to $200 over the life of the bulbs. New innovations in lighting offer an affordable option for energy savings.
· LED lightbulbs last 25 percent longer than incandescents, while using 85 percent less energy without sacrificing light quality. They also come in dimmable options, emit great color and do not contain mercury.
· By replacing the incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, such as the new and affordable Cree LED bulbs in a home's five most frequently used light fixtures, consumers can save $61 per year on electric bills.
· Simply put the Cree bulb is the most affordable LED on the market today, while being the highest quality as well.
· LED bulbs can pay for themselves quickly and then pay consumers year after year.
· Consumers should check with their local utility company for additional rebates on energy-efficient bulbs that can provide even more savings.
· Incandescent bulbs are no longer being manufactured after January 1, 2014. However, The Home Depot will continue to sell its supply of incandescent bulbs until the supply is gone.
· For more information, The Home Depot has a specific area on its website www.homedepot.com/lightingfactsto answer consumers' questions and show the various bulb options.