Legislating general service incandescent bulbs


January 1, 2012 was the end of manufacturing and importation of the 100 watt general service incandescent light bulb.

September 1st, 2012. Funding was released to enforce the light bulb bans. (Ultimately withdrawn)

January 1, 2013 was the end date for manufacturing and importation of the 75 watt general service incandescent light bulb.

January 1, 2014 was the end date for manufacturing and importation of the 40 and 60 watt general service incandescent bulbs. 

The above bulbs can still be sold and used, as long as supplies last, but they can no longer be manufactured or imported after the noted dates.


The "Rough Service" light bulb has been exempted in the federal legislation that essentially "bans" the general service incandescent light bulb. However, to be manufactured, the "rough service" bulbs must meet new U.S. Department of Energy standards, and those standards are to be increased January 1, 2020.


"Rough Service" Incandescent light bulbs are more energy efficient, longer lasting and cost effective. Incandescent color rendering is the same as natural light, and lumen loss over their lifetime is less than any other bulb. They do not require any special disposal, are environmentally safe...with no mercury, lead or arsenic...and can be used in home, business and typical rough service applications.


Two light bulb companies here in the U.S.A. continued to manufacture federally approved 10,000 hour rough service incandescent bulbs until 2017-2018, but both have now discontinued incandescent manufacturing, and all bulbs are now imported.

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The 2007 light bulb legislation banned the manufacture of certain incandescent light bulbs, with specific time frames, concluding in 2020. 23 incandescent bulbs were exempt from the ban, including three-way, rough service, globe and decorative types.

In January 2017 the previous administration added all of the exempted bulbs to list of those that could no longer be manufactured in the United States.

Here is a recent Western Journal article about the current administration's Department of Energy considering lifting the executive action of January 2017.

The article talks about banning the sales of incandescents, but the original legislation of 2007 (and consequentially the executive action) banned the manufacturing of incandescent bulbs, not the sales of them. They have continued to be manufactured in other countries, and imported here for sales...with different wattages. Bright Lights USA continues to sell our supply of U.S. made rough service incandescent bulbs.

A lifting of the ban will most likely not change much, except to continue importation of the needed incandescents (the original legislation has not been enforced in that regard). The United States manufacturing of incandescent light bulbs has already ceased, with the production facilities being closed.

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