Jul 29, 2011

Philips: “Stock Up Now!” On Edison Bulbs

This video is a mash-up of Fox News bashing the light bulb provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”).  Most of the commentators seem to have an aversion to CFLs for one reason or another (i.e., bulb appearance, bulb cost, light quality, light color, mercury, cleanup), but I’m not hearing these same people talk much about the new EISA-compliant incandescent bulbs that are currently available. 

For example, Philips makes an EcoVantage bulb that looks just like a regular incandescent.  It’s an incandescent with halogen technology.  A prior version of the EcoVantage bulb is offered on Amazon and other places, but the more-efficient, EISA-compliant ones are sold excluslvely in Home Depot stores for ~$1.50 per bulb.

According to EISA, the 100-watt bulb must use 72 watts or less (by Jan. 1, 2012), the 75-watt bulb must use 53 watts or less (By Jan. 1, 2013), the 60-watt bulb must use 43 watts or less (by Jan. 1, 2014), and the 40-watt bulb must use 29 watts or less (by Jan. 1, 2014).  The 100-watt bulb is up first.

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