Say Goodbye to 100W Incandescent Bulbs by January 1, 2012

As I browse through my ”Home at Home” Home Hardware Catalogue, I noticed that on page 58 there’s an article entitled, “Change is coming January 2012!” It’s about the impending phase-out of the 100 Watt incandescent bulb. As of January 1, 2012 you will no longer be able to buy 100 Watt incandescent bulbs anywhere in North America. And, by December, 2012, 60 Watt bulbs will also be phased out. (Note, this program began January 1, 2011 in British Columbia — ahead of the curve, as usual.)

While I remember reading about the incandescent phase out, I admit that I haven’t taken much notice of it. We haven’t used 100W or 60 W incandescent bulbs in our home for a long time. Each time a 60 W goes we replace it with a 13 Watt CFL (as much as I intensely dislike CFLs, I dislike wasting energy and money more), and I don’t think we’ve ever had 100 Watt bulbs around. In case you’re wondering, 23W CFLs replace 100W incandescents.

OSRAM Sylvania, North America’s largest lighting manufacturer conducted its fourth annual “socket survey” this past year to find out if consumers are aware of the upcoming phase out.

A few of Sylvania’s findings (poll was conducted in the US):

•55% of respondents were aware of the upcoming changes to lighting legislation,

•87% of respondents still use incandescent bulbs in their home,

•53% intend to switch to new technology (CFLs or LEDs) in the future,

•56% of respondents are “eager” to switch to new technologies for efficiency reasons however,

•13% still plan on hoarding 100Watt bulbs after the phase-out,

•90% indicated that brightness, longevity and price were the three most important factors in choosing new bulbs,

•73% of respondents also noted that being made in America was important.

Sylvania makes a 72 Watt halogen that is designed to replace the 100 Watt incandescent for a 28% reduction in energy use. However, the company is also launching an award winning 18 W Ultra LED A line bulb (bulb on right) in June 2012, also designed to replace the 100 W incandescent. It lasts 25 times longer than the incandescent and uses 82% less energy overall.

I have a passion for houses, building, and the environment. My Education is a B.Sc., an MA in Environmental Studies and Political Science, and I’m a LEED Accredited Professional. About my own personal “greenness:” Despite the fact that my son complains that I’m a hippy (I feel like I live with Alex P. Keaton) my greenness is of the practical, almost armchair kind. If it’s easy to do and within my price range, I’ll do it. Conservation in particular is one of the rules I live by — it’s probably why our house looks so dark at night! I’m not one to easily part with my money, so a green product has to be something that actually makes sense before I’ll consider buying it. (For instance, I don’t consider $250 per square foot wool carpet a good buy even if you can put it in your backyard compost when you’re finished with it!) We don’t live a green lifestyle: we’re not vegetarians, we drive two cars (one is a mini van, the other a Jetta Diesel) and we have three kids — all pretty much environmental no-nos. I am a walking contradiction — like most humans. I also have a blog on http://becgreen.ca/.

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3 comments on “Say Goodbye to 100W Incandescent Bulbs by January 1, 2012
  1. gabriele says:

    Long last bulbs have surprised me. I bought three, a year ago. Last week, one of them burned out already. I used it at least 6 hours per day on everage, while I was also away for a month.

    Are 11 months for a long last bulb considered long time?

    Unfortunately, I can’t tell more about it, as I threw it away

    One the other hand, I have been using the same ordinary light bulb in my kitchen for almost 5 years. Now, I really wonder what’s the point of using green light bulbs to save energy, as they may work out to be expensive in purchasing in Spain.

    • Soneparcan says:

      Hi Gabriele,
      Hope you are well. Let me ask one of our Lighting Experts to get back to you on your questions. Hang in there and we will be in touch shortly.

    • Greg Lockhart, LC says:

      Hi Gabriele,

      The rated life of a lamp is the point in time at which 50% of a large batch of lamps burn out. So the phrase should really be “Average rated life”. So yes, some lamps burn out before they should, and it appears that the one in your kitchen may burn out well after it should!

      I calculated some energy costs (based on $0.12 per kWh) for burning 6 hours a day for 11 months.

      A 60w incandescent lamp will cost you $14.52 in hydro + the cost of the lamp.

      A 13w compact fluorescent will cost you $3.14 in hydro + the cost of the lamp.

      The point is the energy costs are always the highest life-cycle cost of lighting!

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