Good old incandescent light bulb set to become history in US

The US government has begun phasing out the familiar 60-and-40-watt light bulbs, and starting from 1st January 2014, US will see the end of a seven-year effort to outlaw the ordinary lightbulb.

ANI| Updated: Jan 01, 2014, 12:13 PM IST

Washington: The US government has begun phasing out the familiar 60-and-40-watt light bulbs, and starting from 1st January 2014, US will see the end of a seven-year effort to outlaw the ordinary light bulb.

According to 2007`s Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), traditional 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent bulbs can no longer be manufactured or imported into the United States, Fox News reported.
Earlier in 2012 and 2013, 100-watt and 75-watt bulbs were eliminated as well.

The incandescent light bulbs, which had minimum efficiency standards according to the technology, also hogged a lot of electricity.

The EISA law doesn`t mandate that manufacturers discontinue their bulbs, instead makes it mandatory for them to improve them so that 40W bulbs draw just 10.5W, and 60W bulbs draw 11W of electricity.