Lowe's offers tips for navigating new light bulb rules

In light of the new rules taking effect Jan. 1 per the Energy Independence and Security Act, which is phasing out 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs, Lowe's is providing guidance to consumers who might still be unfamiliar with the changes.

Growing consumer acceptance of LEDs and energy-efficient bulbs has partially paved the path for this transition, but retailers might still consider offering similar guidance to their customers.

Among things Lowe's considers essential to customer knowledge:

  • Consumers can continue using their existing bulbs, and retailers can sell off their remaining stock of incandescents, so they might still see 40- and 60-watt bulbs on store shelves for some time.
  • Manufacturers are producing halogen bulbs that are very similar to incandescents in effect, but still meet the new efficiency standards.
  • These days, the average LED bulb lasts for at least 22 years and costs significantly less to operate than incandescents.
  • Modern-day CFLs contain less mercury, provide better lighting and take less time to power on than their former counterparts.
  • Customers now have more options when it comes to color temperatures, which can be suited for ambient lighting, workspace and outdoor needs.
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