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California Begins Phase Out of 100W Incandescent Light Bulbs

California will not allow re-sellers to re-stock 100W bulbs once current supplies are exhausted.


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Jumping the gun one year earlier than federal law requires, California is phasing out the sale of 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.

California is allowing stores to only sell the 100W light bulbs they have in stock. After that stock is exhausted, the stores will be permitted to only sell energy-efficient bulbs that consume a maximum of 72 watts.

The LA Times, which cites a source saying the new bulbs are 28 percent more efficient, says the 72W bulbs burn “just as brightly and just as long” as their 100W ancestors invented 132 years ago by Thomas Alva Edison.

The federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 does not take effect in other states until January 1, 2012, but Congress gave California special permission to make the switch early. The charts below explain the phase out law.

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The LA Times cites the California Energy Commission as estimating the elimination of 100W bulb will cut California consumers’ electric bills by $35.6 million in 2011.

California will eliminate the 75-watt bulb in 2012, the 60-watt bulb in 2013 and the 40-watt bulb in 2014, according to the L.A. Times, with each replacement bulb using one-third less energy and lasting at least 1,000 hours.

The federal regulations do not affect a variety of specialty incandescent bulbs, such as three-way, colored, bug lights and heavy-duty bulb, according to the L.A. Times.



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