Even as new bulbs come onto the market, old bulbs stay
News from Medill Reports: Chicago:

Legislation that has been enforced in 2012 demands that incandescent light bulbs use 20 to 30 percent less energy.

Lighting technologies are rapidly changing, the federal government is phasing out inefficient incandescent light bulbs, but some lamp relics just won’t burn out.

Francis Fullam of Flossmoor owns a 100-year-old Westinghouse Mazda brand light bulb. It hangs over his computer at home, and it makes him proud. He keeps the bulb lit all the time at a very low power—it’s a 60-watt bulb but he stepped down the power to 10 watts— so it gives off “a lovely orange glow.”

“It is art, not lighting,” Fullam said. “I think part of the appeal is that the color spectrum is the same as fire. In the age of disappearing fire places, it is a small substitute for the pleasure of looking at dancing open flames.”

Fullam holds on to his “charming” lamp on the heels of legislation that is phasing out the production of certain incandescent light bulbs. While the legislation has been on the books since 2007 as part of the Energy Independence & Security Act, it has only been enforced since January of this year.

The act does not ban consumers from using the inefficient 100-watt incandescent light bulbs; rather, it prohibits manufacturers from producing or importing the bulbs. New incandescents will be available, but will be required to use 20 to 30 percent les…………… continues on Medill Reports: Chicago

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LED Light Bulb Prices Drop Close to “Sweet Spot” Earlier Than Expected
News from The Taiwan Economic News:

Taipei, Feb. 22, 2012 (CENS)–Prices of LED replacements for 40W incandescent bulbs have fallen under the US$ 10 mark in South Korea to near the point in North America and the United Kingdom, hitting the so called “sweet spot pricing” earlier than expected, according to market consulting firm LEDinside.

The company, which tracks green-energy technology markets, estimated these price points will fuel brisk demands for the lamps.

Industry executives unanimously agree US$ 10 is the “sweet point pricing” for LED lamps designed to replace 40W incandescent lamps, meaning that average consumers tend to purchase the lamps at this price point. They pointed out that although LED lamps feature energy conservation, eco friendliness and longevity compared with fluorescent and incandescent lamps, demand for such lamps has been increasing marginally due to expensive pricings.

The “sweet point” for LED replacements for 60W incandescent bulbs is set at US$ 12.

LEDinside recently released a study showing that after dropping steeply in December last year, LED prices offered at retail locations marked down steadily in January, reaching a median US$ 19.6 worldwide for replacements for 40W incandescent bulbs. In South Korea, the retail prices even posted below US$ 10.

The study indicates that median retail prices for replacements for 60W incandescent bulbs…………… continues on The Taiwan Economic News

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