Monday, April 11, 2011

California Switches Off 100-watt Incandescent Lightbulbs

Having a tough time finding a conventional 100-watt light bulb in California?

That’s because California was allowed to jump the gun on next year’s nationwide phase-out of the standard incandescent bulb. Stores here can sell their stock of the 100-watt lights, but after that, they can sell only more energy-efficient bulbs equivalent to 100 watts.

The new incandescents, under federal efficiency standards, consume only 72 watts but burn just as brightly and just as long as descendants of those invented 132 years ago by Thomas Alva Edison.

In passing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Congress gave California permission to switch to the more power-stingy incandescent bulbs this year, while other states must start changing over next Jan. 1.    Read the entire article.

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