2014 is already here – can you believe it? Years ago, we pictured this “futuristic” time as the one depicted by the often extravagant predictions envisioned in science-fiction movies and novels. The reality is, we’re truly in an age of innovation, especially when considering the profound advancements and massive transformations of simple, everyday items over the past few years. Consider the common light bulb…
Prior to the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, as a society, we had been fairly content using essentially the same type of light bulb that was credited as being invented by Edison back in 1879. For well over 100 years, the design and science behind these incandescent light bulbs stayed basically the same. However, with the EISA being signed into law by President George W. Bush in December 2007, these bulbs began being phased out, beginning with those of the 100-watt variety.
The reason for phasing out these bulbs, as noted in the EISA, was quite simple: vastly more energy-efficient products have been developed to replace them. How much more energy-efficient? How about up to 85% more energy-efficient. Not only that, these light bulbs can last up to 20-25 times as long as the incandescents of old. According to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) September 17, 2013 report, “Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Four Clean Energy Technologies”, by 2030, it’s estimated that the use of LED lighting as a replacement to previous technologies will save Americans over $30 billion a year in electricity costs and cut our country’s energy consumption for lighting in half!
So, with this not-so-subtle nudging from the federal government, 75-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out last year, and as of two days ago, both 60-watt and 40-watt varieties are now also discontinued from production. What next? Here are your options:
If you choose to join the many people who have already begun converting their homes and businesses to these energy-efficient alternatives, you too can experience the tremendous energy-savings associated with this upgrade in lighting technology. After all, once you get over the initial purchase price of these bulbs, in comparison to the very inexpensive incandescent bulbs you’re used to, and look at the overall savings in energy and money that you can expect throughout the bulbs’ lifetimes, it’s easy to see that these new light bulbs are definitely the way to go.
Furthermore, these new CFLs and LEDs are safer, cooler (in more ways than one!) and can be used for more specific applications than the one-dimensional, hotter and more dangerous incandescent bulbs we’re used to. Since the majority of the energy in the new technology goes into making the bulbs light up, not heat up (as with incandescents), there’s little to no chance of burning skin or starting a fire because a bulb is too hot.
For an in-depth look into the many variables and a comprehensive cost-analysis, view this info-graphic and/or consult your local Batteries Plus Bulbs or Batteries Plus trained lighting expert. The future is now – no predictions necessary – so take advantage of this new technology and start saving money today.
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