Watch this video. It’s a mash-up of Fox News bashing the light bulb provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”). Most of the commentators seem to have an aversion to CFLs for one reason or another (i.e., bulb appearance, bulb cost, light quality, light color, mercury, cleanup), but I’m not hearing these same people talk much about the new EISA-compliant incandescent bulbs that are currently available.
For example, Philips makes an EcoVantage bulb that looks just like a regular incandescent. It’s an incandescent with halogen technology. A prior version of the EcoVantage bulb is offered on Amazon and other places, but the more-efficient, EISA-compliant ones are sold excluslvely in Home Depot stores for ~$1.50 per bulb.
According to EISA, the 100-watt bulb must use 72 watts or less (by Jan. 1, 2012), the 75-watt bulb must use 53 watts or less (By Jan. 1, 2013), the 60-watt bulb must use 43 watts or less (by Jan. 1, 2014), and the 40-watt bulb must use 29 watts or less (by Jan. 1, 2014). The 100-watt bulb is up first.
I went to Home Depot to purchase some 72-watt EcoVantage bulbs to discuss them in more detail on this site. This is the replacement for the 100-watt Edison. Unfortunately, these EcoVantage bulbs aren’t placed near the other incandescents, they’re placed near the CFLs and LEDs. I had to search for a minute to find them, and the boxes were covered with dust (see above).
Then, I notice a big statement on the Philips packaging for regular incandescent bulbs. It says: “Stock Up Now!” This statement accompanies several other sizes of Philips bulbs. GE and others don’t seem to have similar advertising, but Philips, maker of an excellent LED replacement bulb and the EcoVantage line, feels the need to fuel anti-EISA sentiment with this marketing. Start hoarding today …
In the end, I guess Philips gets the bright greens with Ambient LEDs, the democrats with EcoVantage incandescent bulbs, and the tea party with piles and piles of regular incandescent bulbs. Stock up now! You’re running out of time!
Credits: Jetson Green, LLC.