This past January, we were all impacted when the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 demanded that our classic 100 watt standard incandescent no longer be manufactured. While many homeowners hoarded and stocked up while they could, many others were left with replacing their tried-and-true bulbs with energy efficient counterparts (CFL, LED or lower-wattage incandescents).
On July 14 of this year, all PAR Halogen bulbs (Parabolic reflectors) that are 40 watts or higher can no longer be manufactured. This includes some extremely common commercial lamps like the PAR20, PAR30, PAR38 as well as others (BR30, BR40).
You will still be able to buy Halogen Flood bulbs, but are all being re-tooled with lower wattages (less energy consumption). This means that a 39 watt PAR20 Flood may end up being your replacement for your existing 50 watt PAR20 bulb. This would give you roughly the same light output, but save you 11 watts of energy per bulb.
"So, what do I do now?"
As always, eLightBulbs has got you covered. We have worked hard to give you options for any direction you choose to go for your business or home.
1) Stock up on our large selection of remaining PAR Halogen Bulbs
2) Start upgrading to CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights)
3) Start upgrading to LEDs
We agree that certain legislative moves like this can seem intrusive and inconvenient. The end result, however, is positive. This mandate will end up getting more energy efficient bulbs in businesses and homes across the country. This will save YOU money, while helping the planet at the same time.