2012 Will Be Seen In A New Light “Bulb”

[tweetmeme]The New Year means big changes to how you will be lighting up your home, as a ban on old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs goes into effect in favor of newer, more energy-efficient bulbs.

Beginning on Sunday, manufacturers began phasing out incandescent bulbs as part of new Federal guidelines calling for lightbulbs that are at least 30 percent more efficient.  The phase-out begins immediately with the end of 100-watt bulbs, which no longer meet energy efficiency guidelines.

Although Republicans secured inclusion of a measure blocking funding for enforcement of the standards in a year-end Omni-Bus spending bill, energy efficiency groups say the provision will have little practical impact, and interestingly enough the regulations for the ban was signed into law in 2007 by former President George W. Bush.

The complete switchover will take place over the course of the year, and while the LED and flourescent bulbs can be more expensive, the U.S. Department of Energy says that updating 15 bulbs in your home could save you about $50 a year.

New Generation of Light Bulbs

Learn more from this video featuring GE Lighting Institute’s Mary Beth Gotti and The Green Skeptic’s Scott Edward Anderson as they joined Wendy Bounds on WSJ.com’s LunchBreak to discuss new energy efficient federal light bulb regulations that take effect on January 1, 201 http://s.wsj.net/media/swf/main.swf

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