Will You Hoard Incandescents Before the Phase-Out?

Will You Hoard Incandescents Before the Phase-Out?

Taryn Williford
Feb 8, 2011

President Obama did promise change. Next year, the U.S. is expected to formally phase-out incandescent light bulbs in favor of CFL or LED light bulbs. But not everybody is welcoming the switch to greener lighting. According to USA Today, around 13 percent of Americans are unleashing their inner hoarders and stocking up on enough 100-watt incandescents to last them past the bulbs' January phase-out. And you might want to, also. Here's why.

Even though some retailers are ahead of schedule on the switch to greener lighting, soon everyone will be forced to make the switch. Popular 100-watt incandescent bulbs will be phased out of the national market in January, with the 75-watt version phased out in 2013, and the 60-watt and 40-watt in 2014.

But some people aren't taking the switch in stride. They're stockpiling enough 100-watt bulbs to light up their twilight years, according to USA Today:

Says Susan Drake of Marietta, Ohio, "I have stocked up on enough incandescent bulbs to last for the next 50 years."

So why are so many average Americans bringing out their inner hoarders? They're not against saving money. They're not protesting green living.

To put it short: They're CFL haters. And they claim they prefer to use incandescent bulbs for a few different reasons:

  • The light from CFLs can be dimmer than incandescents.
  • Incandescent light is warmer.
  • Some CFLs don't come on at full strength right away.
  • CFLs don't work as efficiently with dimmer switches.
  • CFLs are harder to properly dispose of, thanks to their tiny mercury content.

So if you haven't yet switched to CFL bulbs, you should at least test out the new bulbs in your house—especially if you have dimmer switches.

If you find that you're a CFL-hater too, you might want to head out and stock up with the hoarders.

(Images: Flickr member HeyDanielle licensed for use under Creative Commons, Flickr member busy.pochi licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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