Welcome to 2014. Marijuana is legal in Colorado… but incandescent light bulbs are not legal.
The light bulb regulations that started going into effect in January of 2012 have come full circle. The U.S. Federal lighting efficiency standards ultimately banned manufacturing of most 100, 75, 60, and 40 watt incandescent light bulbs. The new legislation mandated that these bulbs must be replaced by bulbs that use 30% less energy… but producing the same about of light output.
What that means for you as an end user is this. You will eventually not be able to buy anymore of these bulbs. You’ll be forced to move to compact fluorescents and LED bulbs. While the upfront cost per bulb may be more, the longtime cost is offset in energy savings and product longevity.
The complaint that most people have with the new energy saving bulbs seems to be the quality of light that is cast. Most people think that the LED and CFL bulbs have an unnatural and harsh light… that they’re too bright and too white. The technology does seem to be getting better and the cool whites that we’ve come to expect from LED and CFL bulbs are being replaced with warm whites. Of course, warm whites are currently costing more to produce, but over time we should expect those prices to come down.
All that being said, we know that you’re still going to want some incandescent bulbs. People are stocking up on traditional incandescent bulbs as they can find them. We still have some 100w and 75w (which stopped manufacturing in 2013) and we’ve got a great supply of 60w and 40w bulbs which can no longer be manufactured starting this year.
Buy some next time you’re in one of our Hardware stores!