Say Goodbye to Incandescent Light Bulbs as Phase out Begins

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that the incandescent light bulb shall be no more, whilst ordering producers and sellers to begin phasing them out before a widespread ban in July 2023. The policy comes as a part of President Biden’s efforts to curb the climate crisis, reads:

DOE intends to pursue violations by distributors and retailers using the same enforcement transition stages along with its discretion. However, the timeline for these entities is more gradual to allow first for the transition of existing inventory, while manufacturers, including importers, transition their production and shipments in 2022.

Today, an average incandescent bulb has an efficiency of 15 lumens per watt while a halogen bulb has an efficiency of 25 lumens per watt. With this policy enforced, The new standards says a lightbulb can only have a minimum energy efficiency of 45 lumens per watt. According to DOE estimates:

Over the next 30 years, the rules are projected to cut carbon emissions by 222 million metric tons — an amount equivalent to the emissions generated by 28 million homes in one year. LED lightbulbs also last 25 to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Once these light bulb rules are in place, DOE expects consumers to save nearly $3 billion per year on their utility bills

“By raising energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, we’re putting $3 billion back in the pockets of American consumers every year and substantially reducing domestic carbon emissions,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.