Lights Out for Thomas Edison

Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher: National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): Amanda Berg; H. Sterling Burnett

Research Area: Energy; Environment

Keywords: incandescent; Energy efficiency; Lighting; CFL

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will soon ban the most common light bulbs in the United States. New efficiency standards will require manufacturers to produce incandescent bulbs that use less energy per unit of light produced, starting with 100-watt incandescent bulbs in 2012, down to 40-watt bulbs in 2014. Incandescent bulbs cannot meet these new standards absent a significant technological breakthrough. Thus, the common light bulb will soon be extinct.