Incandescent Light Bulbs Banned

The 2014 new year is bringing about a plethora of changes. Included is the ban of standard incandescent light bulbs due to their energy inefficiency.

Why are Incandescent Light Bulbs Inefficient?

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Incandescent light bulbs are inefficient due to the high amount of heat which they require to provide light. More than two-thirds of the energy consumed by the incandescent bulb is used solely to generate heat rather than its primary purpose of generating actual light.

When comparing incandescent bulbs to other types of light bulbs, many people are attracted to the lower price of incandescent bulbs. However, due to the significantly shorter lifespan of incandescent light bulbs compared to other more modern types, incandescent light bulbs are actually more expensive in the long run, making them economically inefficient as well.

What are some Alternatives to Incandescent Light Bulbs?

The primary alternatives  to incandescent light bulbs are LEDs (light emitting diodes) and CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and both are significantly more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs.

According to, LEDs have an average lifespan of 50,000 hours and CFLs have an average of 8,000 hours, which puts to shame the 1,200 hour average lifespan of incandescent bulbs. Also, an LED light that generates the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb uses only 6-8 watts of electricity. An equivalent CFL bulb uses only 13-15 watts.

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