New Standards for Classic Light Bulbs

Light bulbs as we know them have been around since 1800, granted that they have evolved, and many types of lighting have surfaced since then. In the last ten years, LED lighting has quickly become the go-to light for businesses and homes. A drawback of the majority of the lighting system available in years past is the prohibitive replacement cost of bulbs and maintenance, however, LED technology completely takes away this worry for the customer. LED lighting based on LED technology has a lifespan almost twenty times that of conventional lighting fixtures, giving any home or business owner a cutting edge in maintenance and replacement costs because of its long-lasting design and functionality. Recently, the administration set efficiency standards that will phase out sales of incandescent bulbs in favor of LEDs, reducing Americans’ electrical bills over time. After lighting the homes and businesses of millions of people for more than a century, transforming the design of buildings, and even lengthening the average workday, incandescent light bulbs are finally on their way out. On Tuesday, The Biden administration adopted two new rules that set stricter energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. While some of the United States has already adopted LED lights, which the Department of Energy estimates last as much as 50 times as long as incandescent bulbs and use a fraction of the electricity, there still is much work left to make a significant change happen. This shift has already driven down electricity demand in homes, saving consumers money and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Due to these new rules, Americans will collectively save $3 billion a year on their utility bills. These standards will also cut emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide by an estimated 222 million metric tons over the next 30 years, an amount equivalent to the emissions generated by 28 million homes in one year, the department added. On the other hand, the LED market has attracted new manufacturers and has become far more competitive. LEDs have become more affordable, giving no good reason for manufacturers to keep producing and selling 19th-century technology that is no longer efficient at turning electrical energy into light.