Get The Facts About Light Bulb Legislation

December 30, 2013

Lowe’s experts debunk common myths and shed light on best bulb choices

MOORESVILLE, N.C., Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — It’s lights out for the common household incandescent bulb come Jan. 1, 2014, as the final step of the Energy Independence and Security Act takes effect phasing out 40- and 60-watt bulbs.

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On the heels of the 100-watt (2012) and 75-watt (2013) phaseouts, the lighting industry has seen rapid acceleration of technology resulting in growing consumer acceptance of energy-efficient bulbs. Today, one out of every three light bulbs purchased is a CFL or LED bulb. LED technology has experienced the largest growth – more than doubling in popularity during the last year – as prices have decreased significantly and customers have grown more accustomed to seeing LEDs in other consumer products such as televisions, computers and car headlights.

Following are 5 things consumers need to know about the change:

    1. You can keep your current bulbs. According to the legislation, consumers
       can still use their existing incandescent light bulbs and retailers are
       allowed to sell bulbs they have on their shelves and in stock.
       Manufacturers are simply required to stop producing noncompliant
       products. Some specialty types of incandescent light bulbs, such as
       reflectors, three-way, appliance and some decorative bulbs, are
       exceptions to the law and can still be manufactured.
    2. You won't notice a major difference. Halogen light bulbs are a popular
       pick by interior designers because of their crisp, white light and
       welcoming ambiance. For customers who love the look and feel of
       incandescent light bulbs, there is no need to worry. Manufacturers have
       developed halogen light bulbs that both meet the new efficiency standards
       and offer the characteristics of traditional bulbs. While these bulbs may
       cost more up front, they pay off in the long run by saving 28 percent in
       energy costs over the life of the product.
    3. You won't replace your bulb until your baby graduates from college. It's
       a great time to upgrade to LED light bulbs as prices have steadily
       decreased while performance and appearance have improved. According to
       Lowe's manufacturers, an average LED bulb will last more than 22 years
       (based on three hours of usage per day), and over its lifetime will cost
       about $30 to operate, whereas an incandescent bulb will cost $165 over
       the same period of time. Lowe's carries a wide variety of LED bulbs for
       almost every household application with prices starting under $10.
    4. These aren't the CFLs of years past. CFLs, one of the most popular
       replacements for incandescent bulbs, have changed dramatically with
       recent technological improvements. Manufacturers have addressed common
       customer feedback so that these bulbs now create better light output and
       turn on faster when you flip a switch. Once considered a safety concern
       because of mercury content, today's CFLs contain less mercury than a
       common household thermometer. It's easy for consumers to recycle old CFL
       bulbs at any Lowe's store nationwide.
    5. There's a full light spectrum for different applications. Light bulbs are
       available in a variety of color temperatures and should be selected based
       on application and personal preference. Soft or warm white, the standard
       color range of incandescent and halogen bulbs measures between 2,500 and
       3,000 kelvins (K), providing perfect ambient lighting for bedrooms,
       living rooms and dens. A bright white or cool white, which measures
       between 3,500 and 4,100K, is ideal for kitchens, workspaces, bathrooms
       and other areas of the home where tasks are performed. A daylight
       temperature of 5,000 to 6,500K is ideal for outdoor applications and
       detailed tasks.

For more information, visit the Lowe’s Light Bulb Legislation Frequently Asked Questions. For an interview with a light bulb expert at Lowe’s, contact Lowe’s public relations: publicrelations@lowes.com, (704) 758-2917.

About Lowe’s

With fiscal year 2012 sales of $50.5 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE(®) 100 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,825 home improvement and hardware stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

SOURCE Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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