Compact Fluorescent, LED, & Even Incandescent Light Bulbs Meeting Bulb Act Requirements November 2, 2011Posted by bowmanlamps in compact fluorescent light bulbs, lumen output number, energy savings, dimmable CFL, light bulb.
With an eye toward energy conservation, the United States is mandating better performance from a common, everyday item – the light bulb. Over the next few years, standard light bulbs will be phased out in favor of more energy efficient options, leaving some people to hoard their favorite incandescent bulbs.
This is not necessary. Advances in technology have made energy-efficient, high quality bulbs available at affordable prices – and within the standards established in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 (commonly referred to as the Bulb Act). Consumers may choose from compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), LED, and even improved-efficiency halogen-incandescents. (While not as energy efficient as CFLs or LEDs, the bulbs provide energy savings of about 28%. Look for EcoVantage bulbs at Home Depot.)
One of the main arguments against CFL and LED bulbs is they do not dim. However there are lines of fully dimmable CFL and LEDs. Check out the TCP TruDim series here. And the TCP dimmable LED series here. Those who do not like the spiral shape of CFLs can choose from a variety of covered options – even ones that look like standard light bulbs. You would never know there is a CFL hidden inside. And the TCP LED line is simply elegant.
Light bulb packaging requirements are also improving to meet the needs of more discerning shoppers. Bulbs are no longer being described just by wattage (how much energy is used), but by lumens (how much light is generated). In addition, packaging now includes annual usage cost, life expectancy, light appearance, wattage, mercury content – everything a consumer needs to know to make an informed decision.
So there is no need to fret over light bulbs. Just go to your nearest big box store or look online and see what lighting is available.