Starting January 1, the United States will halt all manufacturing of incandescent bulbs. An article on USA Today.com by Jolie Lee shows what the phase-out may have in store for people who still use incandescent bulbs. She says:
“Starting Jan. 1, the United States will no longer manufacture or import incandescent bulbs – although stores can still sell what they have in stock. The phase-out is a result of federal rules to switch to more energy-efficient bulbs.
Energy-efficient bulbs cost more than incandescent bulbs but last much longer and save on energy costs in the long-term. So why are people still buying incandescent bulbs and what will the phase-out mean for you?”
Lee continues, the phase out will affect the costs of lighting materials. Although incandescent lights are cheaper, they take up more energy to run and so, you are paying more for electricity costs. Energy costs can decrease by as much as 25 to 80 percent by switching to energy-efficient bulbs.
Incandescent bulbs are known to emit warm-colored light. If that’s what you prefer, there are LEDs and fluorescent lights that can match the warm tone of an incandescent without sacrificing the energy efficiency.
The life span of an LED is also greater than an incandescent bulb. An emergency light such as amber LED lights that are with LED lights will be much more reliable than those which don’t.
For utility lights such as amber emergency lights, accent lights, work lights, cab marker lights, and directional lights, LED is the better choice, as well.
All in all, it’s a rather easy choice to make. Not only are LED lights going to be cheaper in the long run, it is also more environmentally friendly because of its efficiency. With the impending phase-out, it shouldn’t be too long before users of incandescent bulbs could see the light and switch to LEDs.
(Source: Why people still use inefficient incandescent light bulbs, Jolie Lee, USA Today, Published 27 December, 2013)