Oct 31, 2011 8:30 PM by Trovette Tottress

New energy standards could make incandescent bulbs obsolete

It's an invention we use everyday without much thought. More than one hundred years ago, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb which hasn't changed much since. But in January, a new law called the Energy Independence and Security Act will require light bulbs to use 25-30 percent less power; which will make most incandescent bulbs obsolete.

"The industry is not necessarily replacing all incandescent light bulbs but rather the government regulations are designed to encourage industry's to offer consumers smarter choices that can save them money", said Chris Caunt, manager of Garden of the Gods Ace Hardware Store in Colorado Springs.

While the bulbs cost more, they use less power and last longer.

"If you don't like climbing up on ladders, wouldn't it be great to put a light bulb up there that will last for twenty years instead of two", said Chris Caunt.

But some are not sold on the idea.

"I don't think it's a good idea because the technology of alternative lights haven't caught up with incandescent bulbs", said Jim Long

Some consumers also worry that the required bulbs may not fit into some of their fixtures.

"Often people feel, ‘Oh my gosh! I've heard that these new bulbs won't work in my situation.' Well the people who make light bulbs aren't so stupid to ignore a market. They're always going to have a product", said Chris Caunt.

It's a product many hope will live up to its expectations.

"Don't be scared of it. It will serve you well. It will save you money", said Chris Caunt.



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