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2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives

Posted By Kevin Lee On December 18, 2013 @ 5:55 pm In energy efficiency,gallery,Green Lighting | 4 Comments


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Before you start thinking the U.S. government is going to kick down your door looking for incandescent bulbs like they’re drugs – that’s not the case. The lighting ban isn’t a true ban; you’re still free to buy them in stores and use incandescents at home [7]. The U.S. is simply stopping the import [8] and domestic manufacture of 40W and 60W bulbs, similar to the previous phase out of 100W and 75W bulbs.

Furthermore, incandescent bulbs will still be in stores, albeit with a dwindling supply [9]. The availability of these bulbs should go on for a good part of next year. When the shelves run empty, homeowners will be able to use a multitude of other lighting solutions [10] including halogen, compact fluorescent lights (CFL), and the new fangled LED light bulbs.

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Here’s a breakdown of the alternatives: [10] halogen lights provide the closest color temperature to incandescent lamps but only last for 1,000 hours and consume approximately 43 watts compared to a 60-watt incandescent light [12]. On the plus side halogens are also the cheapest of the bunch.

CFL blubs [13], meanwhile, last considerably longer 10,000 hours and consume 13 watts for the equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent [14] bulb. CFLs [15] also have drawbacks as they’re priced slightly higher and contain trace amounts of mercury [16] that has to be recycled at a proper facility. Lastly the light they produce is cooler, tinting rooms in a slight blue rather than warm, orange tinged incandescent bulbs.

Homeowners looking to future proof their home should look to LED lights [17]. Although they are the most expensive lighting solution [18], prices have been going down steadily throughout the year. LED lights also provide the near white illumination and are rated to last the longest, up to 20 years.

Lead image © Alessandro [19]

Infographics by Jill Fehrenbacher [20]


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[3] United States is moving away from incandescent light blubs: http://inhabitat.com/video-how-to-switch-your-light-bulbs-and-get-ready-for-the-federal-light-bulb-phase-out/

[4] more energy consciousness: http://inhabitat.com/how-green-lighting-can-save-american-businesses-millions-of-dollars/

[5] incandescent bulbs: http://inhabitat.com/tag/incandescent-bulbs/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2014-incandescent-bulb-ban-got-you-worried-here-are-some-lighting-alternatives/federal-light-ban-led-bulb-lit/

[7] incandescents at home: http://inhabitat.com/cloud-ceiling-an-interactive-installation-made-from-thousands-of-upcycled-light-bulbs-in-chicago/

[8] stopping the import: http://inhabitat.com/toshiba-kills-incandescent-bulb-production/

[9] dwindling supply: http://inhabitat.com/green-lighting-101-your-guide-to-energy-efficient-light/

[10] multitude of other lighting solutions: http://inhabitat.com/how-to-switch-your-bulbs-to-leds-to-get-ready-for-the-incandescent-bulb-phase-out/

[11] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2014-incandescent-bulb-ban-got-you-worried-here-are-some-lighting-alternatives/federal-light-ban-lighting-comparison/

[12] 60-watt incandescent light: http://inhabitat.com/ikea-turns-out-the-lights-on-incandescent-bulb-sales/

[13] CFL blubs: http://inhabitat.com/tag/cfl/

[14] 60-watt incandescent: http://inhabitat.com/infographic-efficient-light-bulbs-to-replace-energy-sucking-60-watt-incandescents/

[15] CFLs: http://inhabitat.com/hulger-introduces-the-baby-plumen-a-tiny-cfl-bulb-thats-big-on-style/

[16] trace amounts of mercury: http://inhabitat.com/researchers-find-potential-uv-exposure-risk-from-compact-fluorescent-bulbs/

[17] LED lights: http://inhabitat.com/85-lamps-chandelier-by-droog-gets-eco-friendly-led-update/

[18] expensive lighting solution: http://inhabitat.com/next-generation-nanofiber-bulbs-on-the-horizon/

[19] Alessandro: http://www.flickr.com/photos/obliot/3267957864/

[20] Jill Fehrenbacher: http://inhabitat.com/author/jill/

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