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Workshops Focus on Dimming of Incandescent Light Bulbs

The Home Depot aims to educate the public on the country's move to cleaner energy, which started Jan. 1 with 100-watt bulbs.

While customers likely will be able to purchase traditional 100-watt light bulbs for some time, congressional efficiency standards mandated in 2007 began Jan. 1 the gradual phaseout of incandescents.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 provides for phasing out the general incandescent light bulbs of yesteryear in favor of lower-wattage, energy-saving bulbs, according to The Washington Post, which published phase out dates, including those set for 2013 and 2014, and replacement options.

Incandescent 100-watt bulbs can no longer be manufactured or imported, but stores are allowed to sell bulbs already in stock, according to USA Today.

While corporations such as and are on board with the change due to customers' preference for energy-efficient goods, consumers are worried, according to the magazine.

State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, tried to block the federal legislation in Georgia, and said more expensive fluorescent bulbs . In addition to citing "The Land of the Free," he said 80 percent are made in China and shipped on tankers, which guzzle oil.

Its vice president of merchandising for electrical products commenting in an NPR interview on the importance of using energy-efficient bulbs—because lighting accounts for up to 20 percent of a home's energy cost— is offering workshops to educate customers about changes and a variety of bulb options.

The how-to workshops are set for 10 a.m. each Saturday of this month and include tips for installing specialty light bulbs, fixtures and dimmer switches.

Officials say the company's lighting department associates have been trained to answer questions about the phaseout and can help customers identify the light bulbs best suited to their needs.

Margie Murdock January 31, 2012 at 08:42 AM
My husband and I both have poor eyesight. I have found the use of 3 way bulbs is very good for us. I can have the 150 light if I need to look at something for a few minutes if I need it, or the 100 watt if I just need a little more light for a while, but as a rule I burn the 50 watt light for normal use. Also I am able to use a 25 watt light by my phone in the den to read a phone number and a 40 watt bulb as a porch light. I use a flourescent light in my kitchen where I need something equal to daylight. And we turn off all lights when not needed. I like making the choices for what we personally need.
Margie Murdock January 31, 2012 at 08:47 AM
I also find that motion lights on my house work well and only are on when needed. Don't force us to buy more from China than we already have to. Keep our money here.

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