People grumble about energy efficiency requirement for light bulbs
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By Craig Smith

Published: Sunday, December 23, 2012, 9:00 p.m.
Updated: Sunday, December 23, 2012

They‘ve hung in kitchens and above basement workbenches across America for more than 70 years, but those fluorescent tubes have gone the way of the Edsel. Not energy efficient enough, the government says.

“The customers are a little upset, naturally … but that‘s our government,” said Dave Eiler, who has run Eiler‘s Hardware store in Verona for 40 years.

Lighting “used to be simple,” he said. “We had 150-watt outdoor light bulbs. Now they go from 120 watts down to 45 (watts) and come in four sizes.”

The Department of Energy increased the minimum efficacy (lumens per watt) standards of fluorescent tubes, effectively ending production of the old version. And consumers cannot replace the old tubes with new ones because they won‘t work with the old magnetic ballasts.

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