Technical Info

According to the 2007 Independent Energy and Security Act, and effective January 1, 2012, the Department of Energy has implemented minimum energy efficiency standards for lighting, impacting incandescent and linear fluorescent light bulbs.  Some of these light bulbs have been discontinued and replaced by more efficient versions to meet the new energy conservation standards effective in 2014.

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What is Impacted?

  • Incandescent - As of July 14, 2012, the 50 -100 watt reflector light bulbs (flood or spot), typically used in recessed light fixtures for the living
      room, kitchen, hallway, etc., are no longer being manufactured.
  • Incandescent - As of January 1, 2014, the most popular household light bulb, the A19 (commonly used in table lamps and bathroom vanity
      light fixtures) in 40/60/75/100 watts, will be eliminated.
  • Linear Fluorescent - As of July 1, 2012, the “T12” (the 1-1/2” diameter linear fluorescent light bulb often used in the garage or laundry room)
      is no longer being manufactured.

Energy Efficiency Chart

*Based on average use of 3 hours per day
The above lamps are an approximate price for high quality, high CRI** lamps in the 2700°-3000°Kelvin range

**CRI: Color Rendering Index - quantitative measure of the ability of a light source to faithfully reproduce the colors of various objects in comparison with natural light

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