Bye Bye 75W Incandescent Light Bulb – Phase-out Continues

75W Incandescent BulbThe start of 2013 marked another year closer to the ultimate demise of the Incandescent light bulb in the U.S. and around the world. So what has changed since the U.S. Congress passed legislation in 2007 to ban the bulb that Thomas Edison created? The reason for the Act was to eliminate inefficient energy sources like the incandescent bulb and slowly phase-out the various high-wattage bulb types.

The Energy Independence and Security Act set the stage in 2012 for the banning of the 100-watt incandescent bulb. While this was not enforced since funding was pulled for the Department of Energy (DOE) to police, manufacturers quickly implemented their own program to ultimately stop production. So bye-bye 100-watt bulb.

Fast-forward to 2013 and what is the next plan in the common light bulb phase-out? Say goodbye to the 75-watt bulb as of January 1st and then followed by the 60-watt and 40-watt bulb in 2014.

What is the big problem with conventional incandescent bulbs? While they provide more than adequate lighting for each of us to light our homes, they are highly inefficient. An average of 90% of the energy used to light the bulb is converted into heat, hence the reason it is on the list. Their life span is also a problem when compared to other lighting sources.

The Act mandates that all light bulbs are requiring 25% greater efficiency by 2014. The second part of the law states that by 2020 all light bulbs must be 60-70% more efficient than bulbs used in 2007 and produce a minimum of 45 lumens per watt. Some compact fluorescent (CFLs) and most light-emitting diodes (LEDs) meet these requirements today, shaving energy usage by as much as 75-85%.

There are some exceptions regarding light bulbs being banned in the Act – appliance bulbs, colored lights, plant lights and 3-way bulbs are exempt, as well as light bulbs currently less than 40-watts.

Was the incandescent bulb the only one being phased out? The answer is No. Some fluorescent lights like the T8 and T12 are also on the list. Read more here.

So why did the United States pass this legislation? The goal is to move the Country towards greater energy independence and security, increase the production of clean renewable fuels and improve energy performance while increasing the efficiency of products.

A19 LED Lamp BulbBy now you have heard the entire buzz around LED lighting and consumers are starting to take notice of the benefits, efficiency and the longevity related to this state-of-the-art technology. On average LEDs use 75% less energy, last 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs, instantly turn on, are dimmable, produce little to no heat, perform well outdoors and in cold temperatures and are extremely durable. Many LED Lamps (the word ‘Bulb’ is not commonly referred to for LED Lamps) are Energy-Star Rated and contain no toxic chemicals or gases, unlike CFLs. It is as easy as taking out the existing 100-watt or 75-watt light bulb and screwing in an LED replacement.

The stage is now set for LED lighting to dominate the marketplace. It is estimated that by 2020 over 60% of general lighting will be LED. Isn’t it time you made the switch to LED lighting?


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Dean Ernst is Director of Marketing and Social Media for LED Source. He provides insight, education and information on the GetLEDucated Blog. For more information on LED lighting, visit

12 responses to “Bye Bye 75W Incandescent Light Bulb – Phase-out Continues”

  1. Travis Hettenbach says :

    Great article Dean. This is a very easy-to-read, straightforward explanation of what is happening!

  2. g4report says :

    Good info Dean. In Canada we switched a little earlier, and already you can’t buy incandescent. Even flourescent bulbs are shrinking in popularity and LEDs are gradually becoming the norm. Which is a good think. In our office (and my home) we switched everything (even the barn flood lights (I’m on a farm). Major difference on business and home energy costs. We have energy monitoring by circuit, so it’s easy to attribute the savings to the bulbs.

    • Dean Ernst says :

      You are correct – the savings can be significant and when it comes to residential lighting, especially in high ceilings or outside, you can’t beat LEDs. I too have switched the lamps in my home to LEDs. My ceilings are 16 ft high so I only wanted to go up on the ladder one time. I should not have to change the LED lamps until my kids come back from college. I love that.

  3. Malcolm Cressy says :

    So far that we know there is no screw in LED which comes close to producing
    the color of an incandescent lamp. Please bring us up to date if possible, Thank
    you. Peace, Malder Lighting – San Francisco

    • Dean Ernst says :

      Hi Malcolm
      Today there are a number of choices and selection for LED lamps that are very comparable to that of an incandescent bulb. I would suggest you look at products from some of the major brands like Philips, Toshiba and Lighting Science since they make lamps in a variety of color temperatures that really do make it hard to tell in a side-by-side comparison as to which is the LED and which is the incandescent. Give us a shout, we would be happy to help. 866-900-4533 or

  4. Marten says :

    It’s a shame incandescent bulbs need to be officially banned by our politicians worldwide. If other lightsources, such as led, are the best light solution in a specific or average solution, people will stop bying incandescent bulbs, no ban is needed.
    Please, just produce good quality full-spectrum dimmable lightsources with a very long lifetime. Consumers will buy massively your lightsource.

    • Dean Ernst says :

      Hi Marten. I could not agree more with you but remember the legislation was not about banning the incandescent, it was a matter of setting new energy standards to meet. The problem is that the 100W and 75W don’t meet the energy savings needed so that is way they have been listed. Sometimes there needs to be a push to make a change. Lighting has not really changed to much since Edison invented the bulb. Other industries and products have changed a lot since then. People are starting to see that there are options available and LED lamp prices continue to decline. It is only a matter of time before consumers will hit critical mass adoption of LED lamps. I believe they would have made that choice regardless of the legislation, it would only be a matter of time.

  5. Maria Goretti says :

    I would like to know what is the difference in life span between COB LED bulb and Chip base LED light source. I also interested to understand better the basic material used to produce the LED chip.

  6. lilmiagioia says :

    The LED consists of a chip of semiconducting material doped with impurities to create a p-n junction (die). Current flows easily from the p-side, or anode, to the n-side, or cathode, but not in the reverse direction.As the material becomes electrically charged light is produced. The die sits on a heat sink material which helps thermal management. Phosphors are added for color temperature.
    The life span of a COB LED and a chip based LED light source depends on quality of the manufacturer and the voltage driving the LED. Speaking in generalities a COB LED lamp is a specific number of surface mounted diodes mounted to a circuit board with the quantity of SMD depending on the desired lumen output. A chip based LED light source may have one chip, again depending on the desired lumen output.
    For instance. the CREE XML chip comes in several wattages and can be driven at different voltages for a specific desired lumen output. I would put my money on the CREE XML for lifetime expectancy.
    Rule of thumb is stay away from inferior products with low lumen output and expected lifetime performance. New lighting regulations stipulate that this information be readily available on the box for consumer review. Please look for quality LED products which carry certification such as Energy Star ratings.

  7. RIZ says :

    How about induction light sir compare to LED. Thank you

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