What are the regulatory changes that will affect light bulb options?

While the use or purchase of incandescent bulbs will not be banned, the U.S. Energy and Independence Act of 2007 does ban the sale and manufacturing of common household incandescent bulbs that are not energy-efficient. In an effort to help conserve energy, incandescent bulbs must now produce the same amount of lumens (light output) for less wattage (energy). The new legislation mandates that these incandescent light bulbs be replaced by a bulb that uses 30% less energy, but produces the same amount of light output.

As of January 1, 2012, the maximum wattage allowed will be 72 watts, meaning the 100 watt bulb will become obsolete. Over the next three years, all other wattages will reduce, as well. Refer to the Quick Reference Guide below to view the decreases in wattages, as well as the dates in which these changes will go into effect. 

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