Light bulbs are coming under strict scrutiny, from how brightly they shine and how much energy is used to even the packaging. As of January 1, 2012, thanks to the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), we will be seeing some big changes when we purchase light bulbs. Here are a few of the energy saving, eco-friendly changes to look forward to.
All incandescent light bulbs throughout the United States will be made to shine as brightly, using the same amount of lumens as they do now, while using less energy or watts. Right now, a 100-watt light bulb has a lumen range of 1490 to 2600. After the New Year, that same lumen range should be produced by a 72-watt bulb. Instead of buying light bulbs based on the amount of watts they use, we’ll have to choose our bulbs based on the amount of lumens.
In addition to the way we choose our light bulbs, each package of bulbs will feature a ‘Lighting Facts’ label on the back. Similar to the nutritional facts label on our foods, the light facts labels will include information about the bulbs brightness, energy cost, life expectancy, light appearance, wattage and the mercury content. Unfortunately, these beneficial energy saving changes come with a price tag. Right now, you can buy a 100-watt incandescent light bulb for as little at sixty cents. After the New Year a 26-watt CFL will cost three dollars, a 72-watt incandescent halogen light bulb will cost three dollars, and a 12.5-watt LED bulb will cost forty dollars.
Valley Lighting & Home Decor has an assortment of affordable eco-friendly light bulbs including torpedo, globe, halogen, tube bulbs and many more! To learn more about our eco-friendly lighting options, which are compliant with the new EISA light bulb standards, visit ValleyLighting-CT.com.