When you read that, starting Jan. 1, the 100-watt bulb is fading away due to its inefficiencies, you may think, "There they go again. Now Congress wants to dictate which light bulb I can use."
The answer is yes and no.
In 2007, President George W. Bush signed the Federal Energy Independence Act to reduce energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions. The act requires new bulbs to use 20% to 30% less energy beginning in 2012, starting with the 100-watt bulb, and to continue with the 75, 60 and 40 watt bulbs, respectively, by 2014.
After all, what is taking place is the implementation of new energy efficiency for incandescent bulbs that will save consumers money by replacing the least efficient incandescent bulbs with more efficient ones. In fact, by enacting the standard one year earlier, California avoids the sale of 10.5 million inefficient 100-watt bulbs, which would cost consumers $35.6 million in higher electricity bills, according to Pacific Gas & Electric.