The Impact Of The Incandescent Bulb Change

I knew it was coming but sort of forgot regarding the change in incandescent bulbs that took place on January 1, 2014.  What change?  Well, they can no longer make the traditional bulb in 40 or 60 watt sizes.  It seems that this was the third and final year where they phased out these bulbs.  I sort of remember the 100 bulbs being hit a few years ago, and I’m guessing that 75 watt bulbs were the second phase, though I can’t remember ever buying one of those.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut we do buy and use the 40 and 60 watt bulbs, so this will definitely impact things.  It got me to thinking what our strategy will be and how much it will really affect us.

Where We Use Incandescent Bulbs Today: Affected By The Outlaw

The traditional bulbs will be phased out.  Bulbs with odd sizes will still be available, from what I’m told.  So, I thought I’d start by looking at where in the house we use these bulbs.

Honestly, there’s only one fixture I can really think of.  The fixture above our kitchen table has exposed bulbs, so we never converted these to CFLs.  There are five bulbs, and we replace at least 3-4 a year.  I’d say I probably have 3-4 in stock, meaning that I have one year before we’re out.

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