The future of the incandescent light bulb is rather dim.

The incandescent light bulb is slowly fading away. Governments around the world have passed new measures to limit the use of the incandescent light bulb for general lighting. The goal of the phase out is to sustain technological development and more energy efficient alternatives. The three main alternatives to the incandescent light bulb are, the energy efficient incandescent halogen bulb, the compact fluorescent light bulb, and highly efficient very long lasting light-emitting diodes, or LEDs.    

Why, after all these warmly lit years is the traditional incandescent light bulb getting the boot in the United States? It’s simple, in 2007 President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) into law. The law requires greater efficiency among cars, appliances, and light bulbs beginning in 2012 nationally. It has been estimated, that when all 4.4 billion standard light sockets in the United States have been filled with energy efficient bulbs. Americans will save 15.8 billion yearly on their electric bills. Which translates roughly into a family of four saving more than $200 a year.

States such as California, have already started phasing out certain energy sucking incandescent a year in advance of the federal mandate. Beginning in January 2012, national light bulb manufactures will no longer be able to make the 100-watt incandescent light bulb. By January 2014, national manufactures will no longer be able to make the 75, 60, and 40-watt incandescent light bulb. Manufactures will still be able to make specialty bulbs such as yellow bug lights, and aquarium light bulbs though. 

Many consumers are both in support, and opposition to Thomas Edison’s old fashioned light bulbs 20th century makeover. While many praise the new technology and are open to buying new types of light bulbs and saving money in the long run. Traditional incandescent fans are in opposition to the initial cost, type of light given off as “unnatural”, and having the feeling of limited choices in the light bulb market.  

The truth is, many newer types of light bulbs are coming closer to the traditional incandescent. Without wasting as much electricity as the original bulb. The light bulb industry is working on refining newer technologies. By January 2012, once traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulbs begin selling out of stores, they will be hard to find. Effectively dimming out an old friend, and ushering in a new era of light bulbs.

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