After nearly 200 years, the standard incandescent lightbulb could go the way of the dinosaur.
New federal guidelines requiring more energy-efficient lighting products mean that by 2014, old-fashioned bulbs will be a thing of the past.
“Traditional incandescent light bulbs will soon join the likes of clunky computer monitors, Betamax video tapes, dial-up modems, Walkmans and black-and-white TVs — they’ll be obsolete,” ComEd said in a press release.
The reason is the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which sets new standards for consumer products, including appliances and lighting.
The law requires manufacturers to produce new lightbulbs that consume about 25 percent less electricity, making way for more innovative and efficient lighting choices, such as halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light emitting diodes (LEDs).
Old-fashioned incandescent bulbs began getting phased out in January, starting with 100-watt bulbs. In 2013, 75-watt bulbs will no longer be produced and in 2014, 60- and 40-watt bulbs will join the “extinct” list.
ComEd is encouraging consumers to get a head start before the changes take effect by recycling old-fashioned bulbs and making the switch to energy-efficient bulbs, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
ComEd customers can learn more about energy-saving options on at www.comed.com, including information on obtaining discounts for select ENERGY STAR-qualified lighting products.
Customers can also stop in to talk with a ComEd energy-efficient lighting expert at certain home improvement stores.
ComEd experts are scheduled to appear at Menard’s stores in , 290 N. Bolingbrook Dr., and Crest Hill, 17441 Weber Rd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. For a complete list of scheduled visits, click here.
“With all the recent federal changes in lighting standards, it’s more important than ever for customers to stay informed on lighting to make the right choice,” ComEd Energy Doctor Timothy Melloch said. “There are so many new lighting options for our customers to choose from and understanding those options is extremely important.”