Traditional Incandescent Light Bulbs to be Phased Out Jan. 1

It is official, incandescent light bulbs are being phased out. No, they arent illegal and no, they wont be ripped off shelves and smashed in some Orwellian fashion. Though, they will be banned from being manufactured or imported beginning Jan. 1. In fact you will probably be able to locate them in stores until their supplies are depleted. When supplies of incandescent bulbs run out, youll locate your local hardware store will have replaced them with compact fluorescent lamps CFLs or LED lights. The Energy Independence and Security Act EISA, signed into law in 2007, includes a rule to phase out incandescent light bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are quite inefficient. As most tech fans know, heat is a form of energy, and incandescent light bulbs waste quite a bit of it, about 90 percent of its energy burns off as heat not as light. Which is why CFLs and LEDs are preferred alternatives. As consumers you are probably aware that CFLs and LED bulbs are generally pricier than incandescent bulbs. Doing a fast search through Amazon it looks like youll spend a few cents more per bulb, and about eight to 10 times more for a single LED one. The question is how much money will you actually save whilst changing bulbs and how much are you willing to pay up front for these savings According to one EPA estimate, CFLs last 10 times as long as traditional bulbs, not bad if youre just considering the price of bulbs allow alone the energy savings. CFLs, however, have a drawback in that it uses a small amount of mercury. CFL bulbs cannot be thrown into the regular trash, instead they should be taken to local recycling centers. If you were to crack a CFL, you should take extra precaution, like taking kids and pets out of the room and airing it out for 10 minutes before attempting to clean it up. When you do go to clean it up you shouldnt vacuum it either. Though the amount of mercury in each bulb is minimal you should still be aware of its affects. If you do have kids and are anxious about damage bulbs or hot bulbs, LED ones may be a better option. Much of the chat around energy efficient bulbs seem to focus around CFLs rather than LEDs mainly because of its cost benefit. But LEDs are also beneficial because of their extremely low energy consumption, low heat and long life 20 years. In fact one report states during the same period you would burn through roughly 30 incandescent bulbs and cost an additional 200 to light up those bulbs, while one LED bulb would only cost you 21 to operate over those two decades. Dont be afraid next time you go to the store to buy light bulbs only to locate your trusty incandescent bulb is no where to be found. There are plenty of options on the market and they may be better for you and your pocket book in the long run. Order This From Amazon Image