HOUSTON, TX – It’ll soon be lights out for the incandescent light bulb. Beginning January 1, 2014, new laws dictate that bulbs made and sold in the good old U-S-of-A must meet higher energy efficiency standards.
So whether or not you like the government’s bright idea to regulate what light bulbs you can and can’t buy, you’ll soon have one less choice. To find out the alternatives, we stopped by Bering’s so lighting expert Michael Taylor could enlighten us.
“Once all of your incandescent goes away your next choice would be halogen, after that would be fluorescent, then LED. I put them in that order based on price,” says Taylor.
LED’s are a lot more expensive at 2 to 4 times more than a standard bulb; but the upside is it doesn’t contain mercury like a fluorescent and it will last forever. Okay, not really forever; but if you turn it on and leave it should stay lit for about 2 years and 8 months. A CFL, or compact fluorescent, would last a little over 8 months.
Also, pay attention to lumens.
“Wattage is the amount of energy it takes to run the bulb. Lumens is the amount of energy that comes out of the bulb,” explains Taylor.
If you don’t care about any of that and just want your vintage bulbs it’s time to start hoarding.
“We do have a lot of customers that are really attached to certain light bulbs and they know about this law, so they’re really stocking up.”
Hopefully this has helped you see the light; so you won’t be left in the dark next year.