Understanding the 40W & 60W incandescent bulb ban

GREEN CREATIVE Inc Ban Timeline infographic

1.    Where did the ban come from?

In 2007, President George Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).  This bill’s goal was to significantly reduce the nation’s energy usage and included light bulb specific restrictions including the phase out of 100W incandescent bulbs in 2012 followed by the 75W phase out in 2013.  The next bulbs to fall victim to this bill are 40W and 60W incandescents.

2.    When does the ban take effect?

January 1st, 2014

3.    Why is the US government banning incandescent bulbs?

Incandescent light bulbs have been targeted due to their low efficacy.  Incandescent bulbs waste nearly 90% of their energy producing heat rather than light.  For example, a typical incandescent 40W bulb produces around 12-14 lumens per watt while a GREEN CREATIVE 6W LED lamp produces 83 lumens per watt.  By replacing inefficient incandescent bulbs with more efficient lighting technology, the potential electricity savings nationwide is in the billions of dollars.

4.    Who is affected?

Lighting manufacturers will no longer be able to produce traditional 40W and 60W light bulbs for the US market, and it will also be illegal to import 40W and 60W incandescent bulbs.  Stores will continue to sell 40W and 60W incandescent bulbs until existing inventories are depleted.  It is by no means illegal for people to continue to use 40W and 60W incandescent bulbs.

5.    Are all 40W and 60W incandescent bulbs banned?

No.  Only “General Service” 40W and 60W incandescent bulbs are banned.  A “General Service” bulb is classified as intended for general service applications, having a medium screw base, having a lumen range between 310-2600 lumens, and capable of being operated between 110 and 130 volts.  A list of exempt lamps not included under “General Service” can be found on page 83 of the EISA.  Although certain incandescent bulbs are exempt from the ban, the sales of some of these exempted lamps will be closely monitored throughout the year.  If a given lamp’s sales double above its normal projected growth rate for a single year, the lamp will lose exemption status.  This provision was added to urge consumers to adopt energy-efficient lighting after the ban instead of switching to other inefficient incandescent lamp types.

6.    Will there be more bans in the future?

Yes.  By 2020, “General Service” incandescent lamps will need to operate at 45 lumens per watt or higher, otherwise they will be banned.

7.    What are the replacement options?

Lighting manufacturers currently offer energy-efficient LED, CFL, and higher-efficacy incandescent (though far less efficient than LED or CFL) lamps.  LED lighting provides the best combination of energy savings and light quality.  For a comparison of LED, CFL, and incandescent lamps please click here.

8.    What type of replacement LED lamps does GREEN CREATIVE offer?

Please visit GREEN CREATIVE’S Lamps and Luminaires pages to see its large selection of 40W and 60W incandescent replacement lamps.