EUGENE, Ore. — There’s a big change happening Jan. 1 you may not know about–phase two of the federally mandated phaseout of incandescent light bulbs.
Gone are the type “A” light bulbs we’ve grown up with for years. Store supplies are running low, and in 2014 these light bulbs will be banned.
The phaseout requires that all bulbs manufactured and sold in the U.S. use 25 to 30 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.
While some are still available, supplies are dwindling, leaving three energy saving options to brighten your home.
It may look like a lot to choose from, but Jesse Elizondo, a specialty manager at Home Depot breaks it down. There are three options: Halogens, led’s and compact fluorescent lights.
“CFLs are fairly popular. They are the middle of the road, energy efficient and cost effective. I think that over time you are going to see LEDs really start to take a bigger piece of that,” Elizondo said.
That’s because LEDs cost more to purchase, but they can save more down the road. On the back of packaging, you’ll find energy breakdown.
Let’s compare a 60-watt bulb. The CFLs costs about $3. The halogen is closer $4, and a compatible LED is $22.
But look at the savings. The halogen will cost $7 a year top operate and it will need to be replaced in three years. The CFL–estimated annual energy cost is $1.69. It will last 18.2 years. Finally the LED. The estimated yearly cost to operate is $1.57 with a 23-year life span.
There’s no special requirement for disposal with LEDs or halogen, but something to consider–CFLs require proper disposal. That’s because they contain mercury. At Home Depot, residential customers can recycle them for free.