67December 20, 2013
Starting in the new year, manufacturers will be banned from either selling or importing 40 or 60 watt incandescent light bulbs.
The government mandate is an effort to get more people using the energy efficient lights.
Experts say while they are more expensive than traditional light bulbs, they offer significant energy and costs savings over the long run.
The problem is that only 10 percent of the incandescent bulbs were turned into light--the rest turns into heat.
In Batteries + Bulbs, they are stocked up with the newer bulbs, and gave a cost and energy break down of the newer lights.
So what is the cost break down of the newer bulbs?
LEAP Senior Technical Adivsor Guy Caroselli says there are varying degrees of cost benefits.
“CFLs cost a little bit more money and burn cooler, and then LEDs cost the most and use the least amount of electricity and burn really, really cool."
Caroselli says there are definite environmental benefits.
If you use an LED it’s using less energy at your house, but then it’s causing the power company to have to burn less fossil fuel to deliver that light to you.
The mandate has also caused people to go out and stock up on the old ones for a variety of reasons, some because they are unhappy about the up front cost, and some don’t like that they are being told by the government to buy something.