Standard Incandescent Bulbs Phasing Out in 2014

Reblogger Debbie Walsh
Real Estate Agent with Shahar Management

This post from Jerry Newman is a great reminder about the different light bulbs being phased out in 2014.  And of course there is an app that can help you choose which ones will work best for you when you start to change them out!

Original content by Jerry Newman TREC #0492321

Have you gone to one of your local retailers, i.e. Lowe’s or Home Depot looking for that 60 or 40 watt incandescent light bulb? Well, as of January 2014 these standard incandescent light bulbs have been phased out. According to a  2013 Osram Sylvania survey, only 4 out of 10 consumers knew about the 2014 phase-out of 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. Old Incandescent Light Bulbs


What you’ll find on the store’s shelves these days are CFLs and LEDs. If you are not familiar with these new lights, you can check out these online resources and infographics for more information. See the Light Infographic as a guide to buying energy efficient light bulbs. Then check out Natural Resource Defense Council(NRDC) as another guide for saving money on those new CFLs and LEDs.


CFLs(Compact Fluorescent Lamps or Lights), and LEDs(Light Emitting Diodes) are in all the retail stores today, since old standard incandescent light bulbs are gone. Yes, if you viewed the two charts and infographics above, you know there is a big difference between LEDs and CFLs. LED lighting differs from incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting in several ways. When designed well, LED lighting can be more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting.  LED lighting products use light emitting diodes to produce light very efficiently. An electrical current passed through semiconductor material illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs. The heat produced is absorbed into a heat sink.


New CFLs BulbsConsumers today need to be prepared for higher costs, longer life, and long-term savings with these two new type of lights on the market today. If you’ve experienced higher energy and utility bills due to this past winter, I am sure you’re ready to welcome both of these energy saving light bulbs in your homes.


The Light Bulb Finder is a Mobile App that shows which efficient light bulb is the best replacement for existing inefficient bulbs. Also, Energy Star®-certified CFLs pay for themselves in about six months. To calculate just how much can be saved with an upgrade to a CFL or LED, use Energy Star® calculator.   


You may also visit NRDC’s blog for more detailed information about the difference between LEDs and CFLs. But, here are a few simple tips.


•    Not all CFLs and LEDs are created equally. To ensure you are getting a good one, only buy those that have the Energy Star® label. These not only save you energy but will also perform well over time.

•    Light bulbs come in different flavors. If you want the light to look just like it did with your old incandescent, buy one that says “warm white." Those that say “daylight” or “cool white” will have a much whiter, almost bluish white light, which many consumers may not like.

•    If you want a dimmable bulb, buy a LED or incandescent bulb.


If you are ready to purchase a New Energy Efficiency Home that will save on those utility bills, or looking to upgrade and make your existing home more Energy Efficient with Green Home Features, Call Jerry today at 210-789-4216.

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Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

I noticed that the last time I was in Lowe's. There were no 60 watt incandescent light bulbs on the shelves, 

Mar 13, 2014 01:49 AM #1
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
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Oh gosh, how annoying.  I may have to see if I can find some and stock up. - Debbie

Mar 13, 2014 02:06 AM #2
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Anything to save cost and energy for me is just fine. Thanks for the news Debra.

Mar 13, 2014 02:32 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Debra - that is a neat app.  Personally, I like LED over CFL.  I change a bathroom with LED and it really looks great.

Mar 13, 2014 02:43 AM #4
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Debra. Thanks for helping to spread the word for those who haven't heard this News. I know some folks may have stocked up on the old bulbs, but they'll eventually be all Gone!

Mar 13, 2014 03:38 AM #5
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Have to make a trip to the dollar store and stock up

Mar 13, 2014 06:15 AM #6
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I  am buying every incandescent bulb I can find.  I found the need to change all bulbs in a room at the same time, as the warm white of the new products do not match the color of light emitted from incandescent bulbs.

Mar 13, 2014 01:22 PM #7
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Good Morning Deb: Good choice of reblog. Every bit of information to save our hard-earned money is helpful.

Enjoy the coming-soon spring.

Mar 13, 2014 10:15 PM #8
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Yes there are definitely mixed feelings from everyone about not being able to get them anymore.  Thanks for reading!

Mar 17, 2014 05:39 AM #9
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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This is timely information and I will have to check out the app.Thanks for sharing Jerry's post.

Apr 07, 2014 08:22 AM #10
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