Light Bulb Changes Explained

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Q: Are regular light bulbs as we know them going away?

A: Yes, but not all at once.

Q: Will I have to buy Fluorescent and LED bulbs?

A: No, there are other choices.

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Beginning January 1, 2012 throughout the United States, incandescent light bulbs must meet more stringent lumens/watt requirements. In other words, the bulbs must produce the same amount of lumens (light output) for less wattage (energy).

The changes begin with the 100 watt everyday incandescent light bulb, which must not use more than 72 watts to produce a comparable brightness. Additional bulbs will be affected over the next several years.

Newton Electrical Supply and A.D. Cola Lighting created this guide to help you understand the changes in light bulbs. Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding the new requirements. Our lighting experts are happy to help!

A-Lamps

Regular light bulbs as we currently know them are changing, but the new bulbs will still look and work much like we are used to. They will be more efficient by using halogen and xenon gases. The new bulbs will be rated by lumens, or the measurement of light output, instead of wattage. Compact Fluorescent (CFL) and LED bulbs will also meet the new standards.

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A-lamp changes are taking place in phases. The first bulb to change will be the 100-watt bulb. As of January 1, 2012, manufacturers will only be able to ship the new 72 watt-bulbs. This will be the same for the other bulbs on the dates listed. The most common 60-watt bulb will still be around until 2014. All of the new bulbs are currently available.

January 1, 2012

100 Watt bulb changing to 72 Watt bulb

$2.80 savings over the life of the bulb*

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A-LAMPS EXISTING BULB NEW BULB CHANGE
Watts 100 watts 72 28 watts less
Light Output 1710 lumens 1490 13% less bright
Life 750 hours 1000 250 hours longer
Cost $0.75 each $2.75 $2.00 more
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January 1, 2013

75 Watt bulb changing to 53 Watt bulb

$2.20 savings over the life of the bulb*

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A-LAMPS EXISTING BULB NEW BULB CHANGE
Watts 75 watts 53 22 watts less
Light Output 1190 lumens 1050 12% less bright
Life 750 hours 1000 250 hours longer
Cost $0.75 each $2.75 $2.00 more
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January 1, 2014

60 Watt bulb changing to 43 Watt bulb

$1.70 savings over the life of the bulb*

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A-LAMPS EXISTING BULB NEW BULB CHANGE
Watts 60 watts 43 17 watts less
Light Output 870 lumens 750 14% less bright
Life 1000 hours 1000 Same
Cost $0.75 each $2.75 $2.00 more
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January 1, 2014

40 Watt bulb changing to 29 Watt bulb

$1.10 savings over the life of the bulb*

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A-LAMPS EXISTING BULB NEW BULB CHANGE
Watts 40 watts 29 11 watts less
Light Output 470 lumens 410 13% less bright
Life 1500 hours 1500 Same life
Cost $0.75 each $2.75 $2.00 more
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All values for new bulbs are approximate. Wattages, lumens, life, and cost may vary slightly from manufacturers. Cost based on major brand manufacturer. All manufacturers must conform to the same standards for the new light bulbs.

*Savings base on $.10 per kwh.

Reflector Lamps

In July 2012, many existing reflector lamps will be changing to more efficient versions, similar to the A-lamp changes. Some common reflector lamps are exempt from the changes until July 2013.

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Common Reflector Lamps that are changing:

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PAR 20 Halogen
Current Watts New Watts
50 40
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PAR 30 Halogen
Current Watts New Watts
50 40
75 50
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PAR 38 Halogen
Current Watts New Watts
60 50
75 60
90 70
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R20 Halogen
Current Watts New Watts
50 35
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R30 Halogen
Current Watts New Watts
60 50
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R40 Halogen
Current Watts New Watts
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100 80
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Common Reflector Lamps NOT changing until July 2013:

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These are changes happening constantly –we will keep you informed with the latest changes. There is a general list of the most common reflector bulbs. If there is a specific light bulb you are interested in that is not listed above, please contact us.

Fluorescent Tubes

On July 1, 2012, many common T12 fluorescent tubes will no longer be allowed to be produced. They will no longer meet the efficiency standards. There are also some less efficient T8 lamps that will also be affected.

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Common T12 lamps that will no longer be made:

F40T12 and F34T12 – 4 ft. T12 bipin

F96T12 and F96T12SS – 8 ft. T12 single pin

F96T12HO and HOSS – 8 ft. T12 high output FB40CW/6 – 2 ft. T12 U-bent

Common T8 lamps that will no longer be made:

F32T8 <2850 lumens – 4 ft. T8 bipin

FB32T8 <2850 lumens – 2 ft. T8 U-bent

F96T8 <5723 lumens – 8 ft. T8 single pin

F96T8HO <7912 lumens – 8 ft. T8 high output

T8 lamps that qualify are already on the market, including all 80 and 90CRI product. The T8 lamps that do not qualify are typically the 70CRI product. (CRI = color rendering index)

If you have questions about any light bulb, please contact us!

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