WHEN WILL THE PHASE OUT HAPPEN?
-As of January 1 most 60-watt and 40 watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured for sale in the US.
This is the final phase of the multi-year incandescent phase out which began in 2012 to increase the nations energy efficiency.
The 100 W and 75 W incandescent have already been phased out.
WHEN WILL THE HOME DEPOT STOP SELLING INCANDESCENT LIGHTS?
Customers will still be able to find 60W and 40W incandescent bulbs for the first half of the year until they sell out.
Instead, customers will be able to choose from more than 100 different bulb options on our shelves, which all consume 70 percent less energy than the phased out incandescent we have 3 great options LED's (85 percent more efficiency and last 23 years) CFL's 75 percent more efficiency and last 9 years. High efficiency incandescent with halogen technology. 28 percent more efficiency and last 1 to 2 years.
WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS BULB OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT THE HOME DEPOT?
The best options are the LED bulbs, they are the latest innovation in lighting. They use 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 23 years. Phillips Cree & ECO Smart all have an LED light bulb that is priced around $10 and the light quality is comparable to an incandescent but you have the added benefit of saving money on your energy bill. And all of them have daylight and soft white options on the color, clarity, and brilliance of the light, all are dimmable.
Another option is the CFL. CFL's use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 9 years. CFL's now come in three colors warm, bright, and daylight and some dimmable.
Finally there are halogen and high efficiency incandescent bulbs which last 1-2 years, and are 28 percent more efficient.
Our trained associates are in the aisles to help customers find the right bulb, we have special displays in-store, plus we have our website homedepot.com/lightbulbs to show the various bulb options.
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN CONSUMERS EXPECT TO SAVE ON LIGHTING?
The cost savings of switching to energy efficient light bulb varies.
But customers can usually find an estimate on the packaging bulb they are buying.
Example: One CREE 60W LED bulb has an estimated lifetime energy savings of $140. So while it may cost more upfront ($10) the bulb is actually paying for itself and saving you money on your energy bill for many years to come.
HOW MUCH DO LED/CFL'S COST?
HOME DEPOT has LED bulbs for under $10 and instant utility rebates are making them even more affordable in certain markets.
People need to remember the cost of the bulbs will be higher upfront, but will pay off in the long term on their energy bill, so the bulb will pay for itself. Also the convenience of not having to switch bulbs every seven months is a great reward as well.
REMINDER: 1st WORKSHOP OF THE YEAR IS KIDS WORKSHOP Saturday Jan 4th 9am to 12pm. KIDS will build a fun desk, calendar and receive many prizes. Every 1st Sat of the month at the Home Depot.