buy seroquel flovent discount voucher buy dipyridamole mexico order glucotrol xl price trandate discount order zanaflex a prescription order brand cialis for sale buy xenical roche online order isoptin canada combivent price comparison celadrin discount employee buy retin-a 0,025 locion buy lamisil oral online cheap sumycin cheap cytoxan vesicant buy lasix uk order propecia zighoud youcef cheap cialis super active flashback buy diclofenac over the counter cheap femara cheap anxiety zone order viagra super active sildenafil order erectile dysfunction remedies vasodilan discount voucher cheap vytorin canada order toradol naprosyn discount voucher buy zetia legal buy atarax online canada grifulvin v discount susp buy urispas at walmart unisom discount programs celexa discount vouchers buy brand viagra boots cholesterol lowering discount juice recipe erexin v discount side effects cheap indinavir buy buy generic anafranil order diclofenac over the counter buy saw palmetto in mumbai buy rogaine 2 ebay cheap cytotec the uk buy himalaya confido online india cialis soft discount forum viagra sublingual discount taking cardura discount programs cheap urispas a prescription cheap rental homes order methotrexate intrathecal buy citalopram tablets order avodart canada zyvox cheap order effexor xr for hot flashes buy tofranil uk order kamagra chewable tablets review cheap bystolic dosage buy atorlip 10 sirve diclofenac gel discount quantity cheap kamagra xanthi cheap danazol in usa order remeron usa viagra sublingual discount cheap ortho tri cyclen kong buy capoten in europe buy men;s health zinc buy saw palmetto vs finasteride pain relief discount tmj buy atarax xarope accutane discontinued canada only hair loss discount code cheap cialis professional vs cialis cheap toprol xl in pregnancy buy abilify xr order alli youtube order cialis super active test order cialis professional generika cheap zestril spc buy bystolic houston buy zenith zoysia seed buy pyridium australia accutane discount voucher exelon discount coupons order cialis super active flashback cheap cleocin gel buy cheap female cialis review purchase zetia canada cheap glucotrol xl how it works buy antivert in europe buy flomax korea cheap apcalis sx pharma hyaluronic acid discount foods order wellbutrin sr for weight loss order nitroglycerin explosive order actoplus met uses buy dipyridamole korea cheap mentat ds syrup of himalaya alesse discount voucher buy famvir online cheap legal viagra buy flonase canada cheap hytrin rxlist femcare discount rogaine 2 buy buy hydrea from canada order mango online buy anti fungal rash order evista legal cheapest generic imitrex buy avodart australia cheap viagra malaysia liv 52 discount que sirve buy diclofenac sodium uk cheap advair diskus hfa buy claritin nasal spray buy cleocin t gel online cheap kamagra gold fertomid discount vouchers order pain relief joint and muscle cheap viagra sublingual crushed order cialis sublingual side effects buy aldactone online uk abilify prescription discount card cheap brand viagra sale etodolac discount buy cheap atarax cheap root canal dallas buy isoniazid 300 mg buy tadalis sx per nachnahme buy men;s health indonesia buy generic zofran liv 52 discount que es buy female cialis wiki buy rogaine 2 side effects buy mobicosa online cheap viagra plus kamagra geriforte syrup discount grifulvin v discount price buy viagra soft bangkok cheap ginette 35 contraceptive pill buy celebrex australia order alesse generic buy topical dutasteride vpxl discount code cheap v gel used buy zoloft xanax mirapex discount voucher buy ventolin inhaler usa cheap glucotrol xl gain order lynoral uses cheap voveran sr mg tablet buy zestril lisinopril cardizem discounts buy alavert free trial erection packs 1 discount furniture order lotensin manufacturer liv 52 discount price in india buy rogaine 2 year results buy cytotec in dubai birth order and depression acticin discount vouchers cheap viagra jelly for sale buy requip order vytorin buy levitra plus que viagra buy viagra jelly york city cheap femcare nikomed cheap lady era alta buy phenergan medicine cheap cholesterol lowering order crestor a prescription order coumadin buy hydrochlorothiazide krka order suhagra duralong cordarone discount programs buy dutas can you cheap cialis super active meds online order cialis professional wikipedia buy revia can buy antivert mexico geriforte discount voucher cheap effexor xr zaps buy accutane cheap online tulasi discount vouchers cheap v gel order order retino-a cream 0 05 ha buy nexium in mexico order minocycline uses cheap kamagra gold dosage effexor xr discount order dostinex buy triamterene from canada cheap glucotrol xl generic buspar discount generic buy levitra plus real viagra shuddha guggulu discount tamil order diamox from mexico buy brand viagra europe buy cheap generic celebrex order isoniazid uses erexor discount cholesterol lowering discount zealand female viagra discount name buy kamagra oral jelly qatar order relafen by mail cheap cholesterol lowering fast buy eurax best place buy maxalt uk acticin discount code cheap crestor side cheap glucotrol xl medication order flomax a prescription cheap lamisil cream cheap ceftin uses order erectile dysfunction quick fix order hair loss zinc deficiency buy yagara singulair discount card allegra cheapest price buy tadalis sx uk cheap lopressor uses buy bupropion sr cost buy bupropion sr generic price order cialis super active ge'ne'rique 20 mg buy acivir pill vs order bentyl uses order flagyl er buy ortho-tri cyclen birth control online order voveran sr painkiller order revia bula discount on benicar order ginette 35 irregular periods cheap glucophage australia buy viagra jelly with paypal buy zoloft canada cheap actoplus met ingredients buy clomid cheap uk cheap diovan generic can you order clomid online buy viagra super active how to take triamterene discount copay where to buy atarax in singapore cialis at a discount buy emsam vancouver buy combivent respimat xenical discount chemist buy desyrel kilo buy zoloft from canada order bystolic buy female viagra side effects buy celebrex buy nolvadex jinekomasti buy dutas kong cheap wellbutrin sr nausea buy kamagra oral jelly uk order effexor xr anxiety buy tamoxifen in uk order cabgolin dosage buy zovirax vegas cheap robaxin australia liv 52 discount in pregnancy zovirax discount card order hytrin a prescription levitra professional discount pills buy prednisolone australia buy ventolin vancouver order cardizem cd cholesterol lowering discount diet sheet buy dilantin online in canada buy compazine can you cheap cephalexin uses order diclofenac gel ratiopharm order pain relief knee arthritis cheap rental washer and dryer effexor xr discount yahoo answers buy cefixime london cheap cephalexin dosage flagyl er discount uses buy bystolic vietnam cheap cytotec quiapo mail order cialis buy rosuvastatin online uk buy betnovate cream buy generic xenical orlistat cheap toprol xl and alcohol buy mircette tablets buy nitroglycerin generic indinavir discount generic buy nitroglycerin ointment hyaluronic acid discount hair growth buy lexapro australia shuddha guggulu discount himalaya side effects cheapest generic celebrex order accutane jordan river valley order hair loss cheap viagra pro x buy purim wiki buy motilium australia buy flonase cheap rumalaya forte buy online cheap viagra plus malaysia cheap mircette kariva moduretic discount buy flonase online canada buy men;s health grooming awards buy propecia boots buy glucophage uk buy hoodia in uk order diclofenac gel xerophthalmia buy cheap augmentin online buy estrace cream uk levitra discount coupon buy hoodia max cyklokapron discount vouchers order calcium carbonate equivalent female viagra discount the uk cheap hytrin prescription viagra pro discount test cheap reglan uses cheap nitroglycerin australia cheap atorlip 10 que sirve buy saw palmetto side effects impotence cheap bentyl high order cialis soft review price for combivent respimat cheap actos humanos buy tretinoin 0 05 harga buy propranolol bulk buy valtrex online europe order anti fungal cream boots buy cipro in mexico order aciphex generic brand cialis discount sale buy phenergan you lasuna discount code diamox discount voucher trazodone discount vouchers buy yasmin online in germany cheap motrin together ortho tri cyclen discount birth control buy plan b walmart buy female viagra name order apcalis sx jelly uk cheap viagra super active vs professional cheap casodex sales cialis super active discount y cialis buy lipitor in uk buy graphic tees online cheap zetia very order kamagra oral jelly australia topamax discount loss cheap viagra plus glasgow buy nitroglycerin dublin diclofenac gel discount harghita buy clomid england order dulcolax order brand cialis name order viagra super active makes lexapro get u high benicar discount store order viagra plus australia cymbalta discounts order brand cialis generic vs order erectile dysfunction gpnotebook order cialis karaman buy amantadine canada kamagra discount vouchers order prandin by mail buy quibron t sr dosage order zithromax buy propecia hair loss cheap atorlip 10 mg side effects buy viagra soft australia online buy saw palmetto india buy azulfidine best place buy hydrea kapsu"l cheap allopurinol a prescription cheap hair loss from chemo buy revatio dubai buy brand name seroquel order finpecia kumrek buy isoniazid generic buy generic inderal tretinoin 0 05 discount refissa cheap lantus for cats buy tamoxifen liquid viagra professional discount mg buy leukeran australia order wellbutrin sr half life order benfotiamine mexico cheap moduretic lek buy cleocin gel rxlist buy rhinocort best buy januvia usa buy diclofenac xr buy calan viagra soft discount scrubs order weight loss lemon water buy clindamycin gel buy dipyridamole where can etodolac discount card buy levitra online europe buy generic cymbalta online buy neurontin cod cheap rumalaya gel wirkung amitriptyline discount voucher cheap tretinoin 0 025 forum buy alli in south africa buy lexapro online hair loss discount menopause buy hydrea mexico cheap actoplus met coupon order v gel rabbit buy cialis jelly kaufen cheap lexapro 20 mg cheap viagra plus and cialis buy celexa you order cabgolin uses buy micronase singapore buy dipyridamole the counter buy ginette 35 transgender order anti fungal agents buy robaxin dosage buy lamisil veterinary sleep aid discount ambien buy aceon uk cheap fml forte dosage cheap vytorin uk buy viagra plus vancouver cheap antabuse last buy coolant for cars cheap alli very hair loss discount eyebrows dutas discount voucher cheap paroxetine uk buy innopran xl insert shuddha guggulu discount drug order lamisil from canada order requip rx buy betnovate australia cheap mevacor lantus discount order tadalis sx buy cheap buy cheap generic levitra online cialis super active discount mg tamoxifen discount card order singulair a prescription order bactroban krem order atrovent zamienniki cheap cardizem prescription buy xalatan legal buy clomiphene citrate 50 mg cheap rhinocort hayfever seroquel to buy cheap brand levitra bayer buy blopress zuzahlung cheap female cialis delivery order zanaflex xanax buy zofran iv buy prednisone with paypal cheap kamagra.co.uk buy finpecia benefits order toradol dosage cheap clean up crew cardizem order set buy erythromycin tablets actonel discount card cheap inderal very viagra professional discount online uk buy valtrex canada buy zetia cheapest effexor xr discount program cheap relafen buy online buy malegra fxt argentina buy zyloprim use buy revatio hong kong cheap cialis super active for sale cialis super active discount wikipedia buy prednisolone eye drops online buy plan b online buy singulair canada buy prandin cheap acyclovir mail order buy flonase otc buy pariet vidal zantac discount vouchers buy cialis online mexico buy flomax kidney buy diclofenac sodium gel order antabuse online buy coumadin a prescription discount viagra online canada order tadalis sx soft grifulvin v discount voucher order cialis professional vs professional order nizagara reviews kamagra gold discount erfahrung buy rogaine 2 after order atorlip 20 secundarios cheap capoten in usa
Share this page on facebook
Consumers in dark about fate of light bulbs PDF Print E-mail
News
Written by MARK JAEGER   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:16

Hardware stores haven’t seen rush to buy old-style lights, but questions about federal rules are common


Local hardware store operators say the federal government’s indecision in determining the fate of the simple light bulb has left many consumers in the dark.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandated that Americans shift to more energy-efficient lighting sources, setting into motion what has popularly been characterized as “the incandescent light bulb ban.” The restrictions on bulbs was to go into effect this year.

Federal authorities noted that the typical light bulb, which uses the same burning filament technology introduced by Thomas  Edison in the late 1800s, is just 10% efficient. That mean’s 90% of the energy drawn by the bulbs is wasted as heat, and only 10% is converted to light.

The federal push for more efficient lighting encountered a significant obstacle in December when Congress adopted the $1 trillion, 1,200-page omnibus spending bill.

Although the edict remains on the books, Department of Energy funding for enforcement of the ban was pulled from the federal budget.

Even though enforcement of the bulb ban has been postponed, retailers say consumers are understandably befuddled by the lighting question.

Pete Kalies, co-owner of Ozaukee Ace Hardware in Grafton, said his staff has spent quite a bit of time explaining the lighting options available to customers.

“My understanding is the manufacturers have stopped making the old-style, 100-watt bulbs. What we have in our warehouse is all that we are going to have,” Kalies said.

“This is not a case where the government is saying we can’t sell the old-style bulbs, just that manufacturers have to stop making them.”

The federal act says the push for more efficient lighting should be gradually phased in, ending in 2014 when 60-watt bulbs will no longer be made.

“At this point, there is no shortage. People haven’t been coming in and buying large numbers of bulbs. But I imagine once one store runs out of their stock, people will run to the other stores to buy what they can,” Kalies said.

The store has already sold more 100-watt bulbs than usual, but not an extreme number, he said.

When the federal government resumes its push to ban inefficient bulbs, Kalies said, consumers have some viable options.

He said the technology used for compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) has vastly improved, while the cost has come down markedly.

“They can cost about twice as much as the conventional bulbs, but they use less energy and have been color-corrected to

eliminate the blue or yellow tint the old CFLs used to have,” Kalies said.

Still, he said some people are especially sensitive to the high-speed flickering that is part of the fluorescent technology.

For those people, Kalies suggests halogen or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

“They are more expensive and are really a technology that is just starting to evolve,” he said.

Pam Richter, manager of Lauer True Value, said Port Washington customers have also been confused by the federal government’s backtracking on the light bulb restrictions.

“For customers who are especially concerned about the old bulbs disappearing, we find that they are often alternating the lights they use, with the old-style bulbs on either side of a row of CFLs,” Richter said.

“We have found that some people just don’t like the new bulbs because they seem dimmer, while others really like them. The real advantage to the new bulbs is they use less energy.”

Richter said the store staff has been telling customers there is no need to take drastic measures, like hoarding bulbs.

“At least, not yet,” she added.

Kalies said a bigger impact is likely to be felt this summer, when a federal ban on the production of the old ballast-style T12 fluorescent tubes goes into effect.

“With the incandescent bulbs, it is just a matter of screwing in a different kind of bulb. There really is no alternative bulb for the tubes. Once that supply runs out, all you’ll be able to do is put in new electrical fixtures,” he said.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy
 
advertisement
Banner
Banner