New standard for incandescent lamps launched on New Year's Day in California, such bulbs will encounter a ban
The regulations still allow stores to sell stock of old incandescent lamps, but prohibit the sale of incandescent lamps manufactured after Jan. 1 to substandard specifications.
This regulation stems from the "gradual implementation of the new light bulb standard" bill signed by former US President George W. Bush in 2007. The latest light bulb regulations will take full effect in 2020, while federal law allows California to advance by two years. Start the regulations and start implementing them on New Year's Day 2018.
In fact, the regulation does not completely ban incandescent bulbs, but requires that incandescent lamps manufactured after January 1 next year must reach the standard of 45 lumens per watt, which is three times as efficient as the original incandescent lamps.
However, there are few incandescent lamps on the market that meet the new regulatory standards, and most consumers are likely to switch to purchasing power saving lamps (CFL) or LED lamps. Compared with incandescent lamps, LED lamps not only require no warm-up time, but also save 80% of electricity.
A 60-watt incandescent bulb has the same lighting effect as a 10-watt LED lamp; and the LED has a longer lifespan. If it is used for 3 hours a day, it can be used for about 15 to 20 years, saving the trouble of replacing the bulb. .
The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that replacing 250,000 incandescent lamps across the state with LEDs would save the state $1 billion in electricity bills.