VIDEO: How to Switch Your Light Bulbs And Get Ready for the Federal Light Bulb Phase-Out

by , 04/07/14

You may have heard some buzz about the light bulb phase out – but do you know the details of what is actually happening and when? The Federal Energy Independence and Securities act began in the U.S. in October of 2012, and 40 and 60 watt incandescent light-bulbs were just phased out this week, on January 1st. Despite what some people have been calling it, it is really less of a “ban” and more of a gradual phase-out of outdated, obsolete energy-guzzling incandescent bulbs, which encourages retailers to start stocking the latest high-tech, low energy light bulbs. Despite the fact that this has been happening for quite some time now, many people still don’t know much about it. We consider it our mission at Inhabitat to help! A little while ago, we brought you a fun-filled article all about this important new federal law, but if for some reason you haven’t read our handy guide yet, or just prefer old-fashioned face time, we’ve made it even easier for you to digest the most crucial facts behind the light bulb phase-out (what it is, who it affects) with our new video explaining how to swap your bulbs.

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So if you’re wondering how the phase-out pertains to your household or which kinds of LED or CFL lights you can use to swap out your incandescents, move your mouse up to the video above and watch our handy-dandy clip. We’ll map out everything from which eco-friendly light bulbs replace which types of incandescent bulbs, to how much energy and cash you can save by switching – all in about 5 minutes.


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  1. Jim G. Baldwin February 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    The way of switching your light bulbs is good . The LED bulbs are really better option than traditional because they provide you many features like long durability, energy efficiency, Instant Lighting & Frequent Switching so the phase out with this is nice step .

  2. Alex Pray January 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

    The phase out information is very helpful, but the savings is a little misleading if you don’t stick around to the end of the video. The average energy cost in the US is closer to $0.12 as opposed to the $0.24 in NYC.

  3. Gernot Almesberger December 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    In passivehouses the regular bulbs were calculated as heating for the house and they are rather low tech and material whise much less dangerous then CFLs and LED-bulbs.
    Especially CFLs, when they break, its not just work, it is poisonous.
    I did not say PANIC! but in good old Europe, they see CFLs and a bit also LEDs not that all great as they sell it to you.

  4. Yuka Yoneda July 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks everyone! I myself didn’t know much about the new regulations until I began my research for this video so I’m glad all that studying is able to help others learn.

  5. kristinelofgren July 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for this video – it definitely helps to clear up some of the confusion on the coming changes. And the terrariums are so cute!

  6. Lori Zimmer July 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Love that the phase out is coming, i’ve already started gearing up!

  7. echodelta July 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Make sure you buy LED bulbs so you can return them if they don’t work out! I just finished redoing my whole house and you can follow the specific issues I ran into, and other energy conservation stuff, here:

  8. sheila t July 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you
    Great video very practical too

    I think it a pity ordinary bulbs banned even though your vase is cute!
    If new bulbs are so great, then people would buy them anyway
    They buy other “expensive in purchase but cheap in long run” items
    I just bought an expensive woollen coat.. even if was in sales :-)

  9. brorie July 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Great video, as usual, Yuka! However, there is one issue I’d like to clarify. You say that LEDs and CFLs are full spectrum, but that’s not the case. While it’s true that older LEDs and CFLs usually had high color temperatures (5000+ Kelvin), most now on the market are a warmer white (2400K to 3500K). The old “full spectrum” bulbs are a specialty item for the most part and are increasingly harder to find.

  10. Charley Cameron July 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Great, clear, informative video!

  11. Marc Carter July 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Very cool!

  12. Mike Chino July 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    It’s great to see all of the details of the incandescent light bulb phase out explained in one easy-to-understand video!

  13. Andrew Michler July 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    What a well done video- I like how LEDs can replace and improve just about every light.

  14. Mark Boyer July 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Awesome video!

  15. Diane Pham July 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    informative! thanks!

  16. Alyssa Alimurung July 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Super useful information. I know so much about light bulbs now that I’ve watched this video!

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