despite delay, the 100-watt bulb is on its way out
On the 16 th, when Congress passed the bill for the first time, the law to eliminate traditional incandescent lamps was promoted as a simple, almost painless change.
Starting in 2012, by requiring at least 25% less electricity for bulbs, the state will use less energy, manufacturers will invent more efficient bulbs, and the Earth will be exempt from millions of tons of carbon emissions every year.
But traditional bulbs
Low sphere of glass, filament and threaded metal base-
It has become a powerful emotional symbol reminiscent of consumers\' anxiety about losing familiar, likable light sources and their political antipathy to government intervention.
On Friday, the House voted to postpone the implementation of the new standard to at least October.
1. The Senate is expected to agree as part of the last meeting
A minute budget agreement to keep the government running for the rest of the fiscal year.
Republicans have vowed to push for a full repeal of the new rules.
Representative Michael C. Said: \"This is one of the things that resonate with a lot of people, especially in the 2010 elections, where so much personal freedom has been eroded . \"
Burgess, a Texas Republican, recently passed a law stipulating that bulbs produced and sold within its territory are not subject to federal standards.
\"The light bulb is something that makes it show a public face.
When you say, \"Well, why should the federal government limit the freedom of which light I use ? \" When people understand.
Despite fierce rhetoric and political fringe policies, delays are not important in some ways.
The new standard signed by President Bush in 2007 is about to become law.
In fact, places such as Europe, Australia, Brazil and China have taken or intend to take similar measures --
Changed the industry.
Many of the more efficient products have been put on store shelves and stretched out from the lamp holder.
Noah Horowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Conservation Commission, which promoted the standard, said that advertising \"The bottom line is that the standard is moving forward unabated . \".
He added that the delay in enforcement is called \"speed boost\", \"incandescent lamps will not disappear because of the standard, just get better and better.
The new equipment that meets the standard will reduce the power by 28%, and the appearance and performance will be exactly the same as the old equipment.
\"Many alternatives to incandescent lamps are more expensive.
But industry executives, government officials and environmental activists say they tend to live longer and save money by reducing electricity bills.
Traditional incandescent lamps basically use the same technology as Thomas Edison\'s original lamp, wasting most of their energy by turning it into heat rather than light.
This problem has been largely solved in newer technologies, such as compact fluorescent lamps (C. F. L. ’s)and light-
LEDs (L. E. D. ’s).
Energy demand though-
High efficiency bulbs are growing among customers attracted to the bottom
Incandescent lamps still dominate the market.
Like other major retailers, Home Depot has developed an energy production line
Saving Lamps, 60% of sales are standard incandescent lamps, 25% are compact fluorescent lamps, and 10% are halogen lamps (
Meet new efficiency standards)
L is 5%. E. D. ’s.
According to company spokesman Jean Niemi.
Advocates of the new rules point out that California adopted national standards a year ago.
Once the law comes into effect, consumer anxiety there seems to be gone.
\"It\'s coming in January 1, and people can go out and buy light bulbs,\" said California energy council spokesman Adam goldley . \".
\"There is no light bulb revelation.
Industry executives say they have yet to find evidence of hoarding or running on incandescent lights in California --
Although this may be because the merchant has stored 100-
Watt bulbs are still widely sold.
For example, on Friday, the light bulb in Los Angeles was unlimited, and a sign on the window declared \"illegal!
Bulbs, 100 watts, go fast, \"store them now\" and offer a discount of 20% boxes.
In out-of-store ads, many shoppers still know little about changing standards, even though one employee says there are 100-
With people like Philip Miller coming in to buy more bulbs, watt bulbs are selling fast all year round.
\"We have been stocking up, but I think I need more . \"Miller said.
He called the new standard intrusive.
\"This is another violation of personal freedom by our government,\" he said . \"
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Tony Ragonese, sales assistant at Reno Bulbman on the other side of the Nevada border, said the store\'s sales were 100-
Watt bulbs have increased by at least 50% compared to last year, many of whom are from California.
The majority of the public object is the color of the lamp from the compact fluorescent bulb, the cheapest alternative to the traditional bulb.
Fluorescent lamps are often thought to be more demanding than incandescent lamps.
Sean Cooper, a furniture dealer, stopped in front of a Home Depot in Midtown Manhattan on Friday to buy-
The Watt incandescent lamp he liked said he found C. F. L.
It\'s so cool.
\"I buy and sell furniture, so I am very interested in the quality of the light,\" he said . \".
\"It sounds stupid, but you walk into someone\'s house and you sit in the living room with a lamp next to it, no matter what their name is, C. F. L. ’s —
It was just a very bad experience.
Although manufacturers are trying to improve C. F. L.
The future may be in the light.
LEDs, closer to analog incandescent lamps, last much longer than a replacement
About 25,000 hours, compared to about 1,000 hours of incandescent lamps and about 10,000 hours of air conditioning. F. L. ’s. Although L. E. D.
Much more expensive than other types of bulbs, each for $10 to $30, the price is falling.
Still, industry executives say consumers need to get rid of the idea that bulbs should be cheap, disposable, and evaluated by wattage.
The ad \"it\'s kind of like buying an appliance and there will be more consideration when buying,\" said Peter Suarez, director of consumer marketing at Philips, a major light bulb manufacturer.
Regardless of energy star, consumers should see how long the bulb will last, he said.
Based on efficiency, in the end, \"How much does it cost me to run this thing compared to other models? ”Changing mind-
Sir, it will take some time for the set.
But he predictedE. D.
S will soon account for 10% of the value of the bulbs sold
Their high prices have raised the number, but they have basically risen from zero two years ago.
So far, many customers are still skeptical.
Construction contractor Ciaran Cassidy living in Westchester County, New YorkY.
He said on Friday that he did not believe that alternatives to incandescent lamps would be as effective as advertised, both in terms of longevity and in terms of electricity charges.
\"I am looking for a light bulb that is cost-effective,\" he said . \" He looked at $15. 97 L. E. D.
Home Depot light bulb
He noticed that it was rated for more than 22 years of life and he wanted to know: \"What should you do when this thing burns out after five years?
Should I keep the receipt for that bulb?
Ian Lovett was involved in the report.
A version of this article was printed on page B1 of the New York edition on December 17, 2011, with the title: Despite some delay, 100-
The watt light bulb is on the way out.
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