A new law is going into effect, which may leave many looking for new alternative ways to what they may currently have, or have been used to.

You may be somewhat shocked about what we are talking about too.

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Photo by Agustin Fernandez on Unsplash

What if I told you, it was a lightbulb?

The Ban On Incandesent Lightbulbs

For the record, this isn't just a ban to Michiganders, but the entire country as a whole. However, the bulb that is replacing is it, may not be as popular (in the way it lights the room) as the former.

So, what exactly does this new bulb ban affect?

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Photo by Robert Wiedemann on Unsplash

New legislation requires all lightbulbs produced past the first of August have to emit a minimum of 45 lumens.

How does this affect the incandescent bulb? Those bulbs on emmet about 15 lumens per watt... that means those Soft White GE bulbs, are on the chopping block...

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Photo by Eliobed Suarez on Unsplash

It should be noted, the replacement will much improve what we've had in the past, but be prepared for some extra light in your rooms going forward.

What Lightbulbs Are Not Banned?

A few different bulbs did not make the chopping block. A few of those were:

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Photo by Eliobed Suarez on Unsplash
  • Bug Lamps
  • Plant Lights
  • Traffic Lights
  • Showcase Lamps
  • Blacklight Lamps

Why The Ban on the Bulbs?

The bulbs are being banned, as they aren't as energy efficient as they could be. In fact, with the new L.E.D. bulbs, households could save around $100 a year, according to the New York Post. 

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Photo by Eliobed Suarez on Unsplash

Do I Have To Toss My Old Bulbs?

Uh, no. In fact, if you still have a box of them, feel free to continue using them going forward. Law enforcement will not be breaking your door down to retrieve these bulbs.

They will, however, be a little harder to find on the shelf in the coming weeks. The ban really only affects the manufacturer

The Controversy Part Of This New Ban

Without getting too political, a lot of people aren't too thrilled with this new ban, as most believe that the government shouldn't be telling individuals what type of lightbulb to buy.

Personally, I cannot fight that side of the line. However, it will be more energy efficient with these new bulbs. The only downside, is the L.E.D. bulbs are a bit more expensive than these older incandescent light bulbs.

Can You Still Buy These Bulbs?

For now, yes... these bulbs are still available on the shelves in the stores. However, don't expect to see them replenished once they are gone.

It appears that production was set to stop on August 1st of 2023. We are at this point, past that deadline.

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