Dec 31, 2011

Incandescent Light Bulb Update on Jan 1 2012

In that we sell long life incandescent light bulbs, you look to us to know what we are selling and if it is legal. Frankly it is hard for us too since even our manufacturers are unclear at times. They are unclear because the Energy law encompassing light bulbs passed in 2007 and due to go into effect in 2012 was amended by the 2011 Congress and the manufacturers kept getting conflicting information.

USA Today on 12/28/11 had a good article on the where the light bulb laws stand as of Jan 2012.
The important points we see are as follows:

"The standards require light bulbs be at least 25% more efficient and carry labels on the front and back of packages to explain their brightness, annual operating costs and expected life span.

The labels apply to all light bulbs made or imported after Jan. 1, but the efficiency standards apply only to traditional 100-watt incandescents on that day. The efficiency rules will begin applying to the old-fashioned 75-watt bulb in January 2013 and 40- and 60-watt bulbs in January 2014. Retailers can sell leftover bulbs as long as they weren't made or imported after their deadline."

To read the rest of the USA Today article, "How Will Light Bulbs Change? Here are some answers." click here will try hard to stay on top of this topic and will inform you via blogs, emails, and our website about what the approved methods are.

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