New Law: 100 Watt Bulbs Illegal In U.S.

By: April Davis/ Chris Jones
By: April Davis/ Chris Jones

It's lights out for one of Thomas Edison's brightest invention.

It's now illegal to sell 100 watt light bulbs made or imported after January first. Manufacturers are beginning to phase out incandescent bulbs, and retailers say when their supplies run out they won't get any more. Though congress recently defunded the ban on the 100 watt bulb, the law remains. Retailers say the newer more efficient bulbs are actually much better bulbs.

"They're great bulbs. We have them in three different types: natural daylight, a white, and a lighter white, so it depends on what you need it for and what area for the brightness," said Former Lighting Manager Christine Lester.

The new energy efficient bulbs cost more up front, but manufacturers say they're cheaper in the long-run because they last longer. Over the next two years manufacturers will phase out the 75, 60 and 40 watt bulbs as well.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 at 04:03 AM
    How many people do you think are going to take the proper steps to dispose of this light bulbs? Years from now we will be reading about people getting sick because these bulbs were just thrown out with regular trash.
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      by nightrain on Jan 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM in reply to
      The government will probably pass a law making it illegal to dispose of the bulbs in an incorrect manner. Then they will form a committee to ensure proper disposal techniques are being enforced in each state. Of course, that means hiring federal agents to keep a check on the states. And the state governments will have to hire agents to enforce the law in each county. Our taxes will have to increase to pay for the committee members and agents (federal and state.) And so on...
  • by 100W bulbs illegal, really? on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:23 AM
    I just went to a local Home Improvement Warehouse this weekend and guess what was on sale? 100w, 75w and 60w incandescent light bulbs. I stocked up. Of course the sale is a move by the store to get rid of them, so I bought enough to at least last a year or two. All this means is that the utility companies will not have to produce as much electricity which will cut into the amount of power they sell, thus causing the utility companies to request an increase in power rates so they can maintain their profit margins. The consumers will get socked three times: more expensive bulbs, utility bill increases and increased taxes to fund the the Federal Government Agency that enforces this law. Way to go Federal Government, watching out for the working people of America!
  • by mrt on Jan 8, 2012 at 05:26 PM
    it's time for this nation to use it's back bone and stand up to government. Unlike other nations who are ruled by their government, this nation is supposed to be a free nation not ruled by it's government and told how to live and what to eat or drive or how much to pay for fuel or what light bulbs to use, having health insurance forced down our throats and constantly having our taxes raised to the point where its not worth owning anything. It is now time to stand up to government and these high prices and stupid laws by having another "Tea Party" or voting out congress. Why should they continue to receive pay raises when so many are out of jobs and so many businesses are going out of busienss? This country's leaders are supposed to listen to the people and do what the majority of the people want. This nation is turning into a socialist nation!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:50 AM in reply to mrt
      Health insurance isn't being forced down your throat and even if it was, it's a good thing. You're already paying the health-care cost for every American whether you think your are or not. The government just wants to make it so that everybody pays a certain amount now and is therefore guarnteed a certain amount of coverage. It's beyond disgusting that we live in the richest nation in the world and we have people that die because they can't afford insurance. I don't see how anybody can actually believe it's a good thing that people have to choose between a medical procedure and house payment.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 at 05:54 AM in reply to mrt
      we are not democracy.we are republican democracy..meaing we have only representative rights...check your constitution.so the majority does not always win
  • by Anonymous Location: belhaven on Jan 8, 2012 at 07:40 AM
    No, idiots like you who wish to trample the constitution and want government to tell us how to live should be banned!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 at 08:11 AM in reply to
      I agree.. but no one can tell which idiot you're addressing yourself to since you posted a new comment rather than a reply. lol
  • by ibxer on Jan 8, 2012 at 05:17 AM
    Go ahead and keep using those 100 watt bulbs. Soon we'll be like the electric utility customers in Florida who are having to pay a $25 per month surcharge to finance FUTURE nuclear power construction by Progress due to rising demand for energy. But hey, it's our Godgiven constitutional right to be stupid and wasteful, right? I thought the true American way was to build a better mousetrap and advance. Oh well. Keep on clinging to your old lightbulbs while China, India and everyone run circles around us.
  • by Misleading Headline Location: NC on Jan 7, 2012 at 08:48 AM
    You can still purchase 100 watt bulbs, just not ones manufactured here in the U.S. So, supply and demand means that manufacturing will just go elsewhere. People who like the like and color of these bulbs will continue to use them and find where to purchase them.
  • by blah. Location: winterville on Jan 7, 2012 at 02:39 AM
    how about everyone quit buying lightbulbs, and we will just use candles!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 05:31 PM
    Please let us know what that free energy is.I'd like to get some.Ever heard of Einstein?
  • by Audra Location: SoCal, unfortunately on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM
    REM: As I've stated, LED lights will end up the only safe choice except for access to decorative bulbs for as long as we can get them. They are not a good replacement as it relates to a natural type of lighting for art, but they are at least safe. I do have to point out that the cost may not be important to YOU, but to the person living on disability it most certainly will be. Yes, photosensitivity is an "abnormal" condition. By that logic, so is being a paraplegic. It sure is a good thing there aren't any laws requiring buildings to have ramps and elevator access. You can't write laws for exceptions to accomodate everyone after all. Oh wait... they did that, huh? You might want to rethink that reasoning.
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      by REM on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:00 PM in reply to Audra
      I wasn't saying that we "shouldn't", merely that it's impossible to accommodate every single medical abnormality. If a $10 light bulb is so devastating to your budget, then you certainly need to rearrange a lifestyle that you can support with your income. If you can't afford a light bulb, then you probably cant afford cell phones and big-screen TV's, but I bet all kinds of money that he majority of those complaining about that still have luxuries. You read into my comments WAY too much, and should consider not involving your emotions when commenting. (BTW, if you find the right type of LED bulb, you end up saving a lot of money down the road. it's called an investment).
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        by 10 dollar light bulb on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:06 PM in reply to REM
        That's a months pay for most of Eastern NC. My god, how many trailers can you stick in one state.....
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        by Audra on Jan 5, 2012 at 09:52 PM in reply to REM
        I didn't read anything into it that you haven't stated. By the way, I don't have a big screen TV. In fact, I don't have a TV. I don't have TV service. Idk about other people.
  • by Garry Location: Bertie County on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:41 PM
    The real story here is that manufacturers weren't making much money on bulbs that costs only $.25 each. They sold the global warming myth to politicians in order to get them to banned. There's more profit in those new bulbs that cost $4.00 - $5.00 each. But, the cfl bulbs won't be around long. They contain mercury. The goal is to to the LED bulbs, which use even less energy than the cfl's. Of course, they're $40.00 EACH! They also sold a lie about manufacturing the new bulbs. The new jobs that are all in China. Republicans in the US House tried to get a simple one page bill passed in July that would ban this stupid law....couldn't get enough Democrats to join with them. By the way, who did the President pick as his jobs czar? Jeff Immelt, president of GE.....the company that stands to gain the most from banning our standard incandescant light bulbs. Your choice of light bulbs should not be dictated by government.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:05 PM in reply to Garry
      Florescent bulbs also contain mercury, and they have been around for years. BTW who stands to "gain" the most from that Keystone Pipeline the Republicans are pushing?....times up...The (brothers from another mother)Koch Brothers.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 05:17 AM in reply to
        Lavon, you just can't let it go... can you ?
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          by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:53 AM in reply to
          How is it an unfair comparison?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:54 AM in reply to Garry
      Global warming....a myth...lol. Please start paying attention to scientist and not Republicans.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 05:04 PM in reply to Garry
      One of the best posts I have read in a while on here. Thank you for providing this website with something other than ignorance and bigotry.
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