Though January 1 marks the opportunity for new beginnings, for the light bulb – at least as we know it – the date will mark an end.
On this day, the production of 60 and 40 watt incandescent light bulbs will cease; and the even sadder part about this, is it will catch most Americans off guard. They don’t even know its happening, according to at least one consumer survey.
The sixth annual “Sylvania Socket Survey” was just released by Lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania. It found that only 4 in 10 consumers were aware that 60- and 40-watt light bulbs are being phased out in 2014 as production ends.
The government began phasing out 100- and 75-watt light bulbs in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The elimination of 60- and 40-watt bulbs will have a much greater impact on U.S. consumers because they are the two most popular bulbs on the market, according to the electronics industry research firm IMS Research. The bulbs are being phased-out because they fail to meet the standards set forth in EISA.
Osram Sylvania’s survey found that 46 percent of respondents are planning to switch to CFLs, while 24 percent prefer LEDs. Thirteen percent hope to use new and improved incandescents (all pictured above).
The good news is that until all of these light bulbs are sold out, there is no law against consumers stocking up on their supply.
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