New light bulb laws go into effect in 2014 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

New light bulb laws go into effect in 2014

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --Keith Kaiser learns about new changes in the light bulb industry and what consumers need to consider when purchasing new bulbs.

Light bulbs are changing and choosing a bulb is no longer as easy as grabbing a 40W off the shelf.

Federal rules banning energy-hungry bulbs coupled with the entrance of new energy-efficient lighting has transformed this once simple purchase into a complex and confusing series of choices involving shape, size, lumens and brightness.

Factor in the final phase-out of the incandescent bulb this January, and you've got one confused consumer wandering the light bulb aisle.

Local franchise owners Dan and Susan Manwaring of Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation's largest specialty retailer for light bulbs, who have 5 store locations in Louisville, provided tips on how to prepare for the phase-out.

The average house has approximately 60 light bulb sockets and by installing energy efficient bulbs, locals will save up to $200 per year on their energy bills
The incandescent light bulb will be no more, then you must choose from what will be available like Halogen, CFL, and LEDs.

There are 5 things consumers need to take into consideration when shopping for new lighting like dimmability, how to decipher new lighting lingo, differences in color temperature and the many applications for each type of bulb.

Batteries Plus Bulbs 

Louisville Locations:

4600 Shelbyville Road

502.749.4111

12899 Shelbyville Rd

502.253.0300

6504 Bardstown Road

502.239.7323

4523A Outer Loop

502.969.1555

Clarksville, IN

1305 Veterans Pkwy

812.913.0081

Elizabethtown, KY

948 N. Mulberry Street

http://www.batteriesplus.com/default.aspx

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