HAHAH! Take THAT, incandescents! The recently-passed 2008 energy bill has a section banning incandescent light bulbs for traditional use. The phase-out will begin in 2012, with all incandescents gone by 2014. The bulbs will be replaced by LED and CFL bulbs.
Here at EcoGeek we've been silently watching as CFLs and LEDs get better and better but fail to get the market penetration that they deserve. LEDs and CFLs save consumers money and time and give them excellent quality light without any drawbacks (save greater initial investment and [in the case of CFLs] a second-long warmup time.)
The question in my mind has always been: "WHY?!" Why, when I switched my whole house over to CFLs and LEDs more than a year ago, are consumers still buying more than 90% incandescent bulbs. Well, I officially don't care about the answers anymore, because 100 watt incandescents will be illegal in less than five years.
Congress estimates that, in the 15 years following the phase-out, consumers will save roughly $40 billion, and America will need 14 fewer coal fired power plants. This is legislation worth making!
Already, the investment landscape is changing in LEDs, and my LED stocks have jumped! Sometimes technology legislates change...but sometimes legislation needs to help technology along...especially when consumers are afraid of these changes.
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