3 Things You Should Know About the Incandescent Light Bulb Ban
Have you been out shopping recently? You may have noticed people's shopping carts loaded with incandescent bulbs and thought, “What's going on? Is there another Y2K coming?” People everywhere are stocking up on their favorite types of light bulbs, because they're now becoming a thing of the past. As of a few weeks ago, the traditional 60- and 40-watt light bulbs were banned from manufacture or sale in the United States. Here are 3 things you should know about the incandescent light bulb ban.
1.) Light the way: The light bulb ban was signed into law by President Bush in 2007 as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act, but Brazil and Venezuela started the phase-out in 2005. The law was drafted on the grounds that the bulbs were not energy efficient enough. Last year, 75- and 100-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out, and 2014 will see the elimination of the remaining bulbs. The conventional bulb's replacements are expected to lower the environmental impact of artificial lighting and save money in the long run.
2.) Bright idea: The incandescent bulb converts approximately 10 percent of its energy into light and has a considerably longer lifespan. Energy efficiency experts and Las Vegas Property Managers say the new-generation light bulbs can greatly benefit buyers because they last longer — up to 23 years for LED bulbs and about nine years for CFLs. The incandescent bulb alternatives cost about 10 times more than their predecessors, but CFL bulbs use about 75 percent less energy, while LEDs use about 85 percent less than incandescent bulbs according to government estimates.
3.) You light up my life: Not crazy about the incandescent light bulb ban? Las Vegas property managers say that you needn't despair. If you prefer the old-fashioned light bulb to the new, notably pricier alternative, you can still purchase them as long as stores have them in stock. In fact, some businesses still have a generous supply on their bulbs and are offering discount specials. But once the bulbs are sold out, they're gone for good.
The newest government ban has sparked some pretty heated debates. Whether you're in favor of the classic bulbs that have been around for decades or an advocate of the alternative, it looks like the new light bulbs are here to stay. Are you a property owner who wants to know how the new ban could affect your rental property? Call the Las Vegas Property Management Team at (800) 308-6291.
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