In the near future, you will no longer be able to purchase incandescent bulbs in the supermarket. The United States government has put a ban on the bulbs and the phase out process is now underway.
Among the many problems that led to the ban include:
- The method that powers incandescent bulbs is inefficient. The mechanism that lights up the bulb is a filament that requires a lot of heat to produce enough light. This massive heat emission consumes a lot of electricity.
- They emit a lot of carbon dioxide and mercury into the atmosphere and this is bad for global warming.
- They increase the need for cooling systems which in turn increases the amount of coal needed to keep the cooling systems running. Power plants that use coal emit greenhouse gases in to the atmosphere.
- They last a shorter time and this puts a strain on manufacturing processes and on the environment.
- Though they are cheap to buy, their shorter lifespan means that you’ll spend more money on replacements, so they are more costly in the long run.
- Consumers incur high electricity bills due to the amount of power they consume.
Details of the ban
The phasing out of the incandescent light bulb in the US started in 2012 with the 100-watt bulbs. 2013 saw the phasing out of 75-watt bulbs and in 2014, the phase-out process targeted the 60 & 40 watt bulbs.
Majority of consumers use the 60 & 40 watt incandescent bulbs, making the last phase-out stage the most significant in terms of number of households affected and the overall benefit that will be experienced in the environment.
Production of Halogen incandescent bulbs will still continue
It is important to note that the targeted bulbs have been banned because they fail to meet energy efficiency standards.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of halogen bulbs that were left out of the ban even though they are incandescent. A good example is the Philips eco vantage.
The clarity that consumers should have is that the halogen contained in these bulbs makes them more efficient than normal incandescent bulbs. Therefore, they cannot be categorized with the normal incandescent bulbs.
In addition to the halogen bulbs, it is likely that most consumers stocked up on enough supply of the normal 60 & 40 watt incandescent bulbs; hence most homes will still continue to use them.
Adoption of CFLs and LEDs
CFLs and LEDs that are intended to take the place of the incandescent bulbs are quite costly and it might take a while before the average consumer adjusts to such a high price tag.
Such bulbs will likely be widely adopted by the middle class and high class citizens who might not feel the pinch of the initial purchasing cost.
It therefore follows that the average consumer will opt for the halogen incandescent bulbs which are cheaper than both LEDs and CFLs, but are not as efficient.
The Bottom Line
The world will continue to suffer as long as there are loopholes in laws that govern lighting. For the environment to reap the maximum benefits of energy efficiency lighting, there has to be strict measures to bring the cost of LED bulbs to an affordable level.
You should also rise above any complaints that you may have heard of and contact them to assist you come up with a way to save your power bills.