Say goodbye to traditional 60
News from and 40-watt bulbs in 2014 – Bangor Daily News:

Say goodbye to the old-style light bulb.

On Wednesday, it will become illegal to manufacture or import 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs because of federally mandated efficiency standards signed into law in 2007 by then-President George W. Bush.

Seventy-five and 100-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out in earlier stages, but the coming ban on 60- and 40-watt bulbs will have affect consumers more because of their popularity for residential lighting, experts said.

That means the sort of general-service light bulb we’ve used for more than a century can no longer be made in or imported into the United States.

It may not be noticeable until a few months into the next year when those light bulbs are bought and not replaced, but businesses are expecting to provide a bit of education to consumers unaware of the new change.

What does that mean for you?

On the plus side, it means more choices and smaller electric bills. On the minus side, it means an end to dirt-cheap light bulbs and grab-and-go bulb shopping. Now you need to read labels.

The new lighting standards, part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, were intended to make light bulbs more efficient and reduce the amount of energy needed to power them. They’ve done that, but they’ve also left some consumers confused in the face of all the choices in the l…………… continues on and 40-watt bulbs in 2014 – Bangor Daily News

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Many consumers in the dark about Jan.1 start of light bulb phase out
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December 24, 2013 11:45 AM ET

Computerworld - Only four in 10 consumers are aware that the most popular light bulbs in the U.S. will be phased out next year as production of the products ends on Jan. 1, 2014.

The popular 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs join their energy-wasting cohorts, the 75-watt and 100-watt bulbs, which were phased out this year.

According to Lighting giant Osram Sylvania, which released its sixth annual Sylvania Socket Survey, many consumers are still in the dark about the bulb phase-out.

When suppliers run out of stock, consumers and businesses will have to replace traditional bulbs with more energy-efficient alternatives. They will have three choices: halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Of those who are aware of the regulatory move, more than half (59%) are excited about it, as it will help Americans use more energy efficient light bulbs.

U.S. consumers t…………… continues on Computerworld

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