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Final phase of ‘bulb ban' sparks conversation, hoarding, opportunity

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The "bulb ban" talk is back in full swing at the start of 2014, as the final phase of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 went into effect at the start of this year, banning the production of traditional 60-and 40-watt incandescent bulbs.
     Past deadlines in the act removed 100-watt (2012) and 75-watt (2013) standard incandescent bulbs from the marketplace, but with the much-beloved 60-watt (as well as 40-watt) bulbs now on the chopping block, the talk of light bulb hoarding has spiked. There are still plenty of these bulbs available, but as the retailers and suppliers work their way through inventories, but by late this spring, they are expected to be widely unavailable.
     According to the sixth annual Socket Survey by lighting producer Osram Sylvania, 59% of Americans say they didn't know that the 60-watt and 40-watt bulbs will no longer be produced. The report is a tracking survey of U.S. consumer attitudes and behaviors around lighting options and includes input from 300 consumer interviews conducted in November 2013.
     As a result of the new legislation, the Sylvania survey reports, most consumers say they will switch to newer technology bulbs, with nearly half planning to switch to compact fluorescents and a quarter to LEDs. But 30% said they plan to stock up on the incandescent bulbs and continue to use them rather than switching to more energy-efficient options.

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