As of August 1, 2023, Americans will only be able to purchase LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs. This is due to a ban on incandescent bulbs. 

The Department of Energy recognizes that LED lights use less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs, making them a more sustainable product. They use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than their older counterparts, as well as being cost-effective and saving around $100 a year for the average American family.  

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It will not be illegal to own incandescent bulbs, so you are still able to use whatever you have already purchased. You simply won’t be able to purchase them from any U.S. retailers as of August 1, 2023.  

This ban has been put in place to cut carbon emissions by an estimated 222 million metric tons and overall use less electricity.  

Around 70% of light bulb purchases are already non-incandescent, but this change will impact those that prefer these banned bulbs for their lower cost. However, these bulbs will overall save consumers money despite the initial higher price tag of $5-7 per bulb rather than around $2 each.  

Fortunately, many people already prefer to use LED bulbs for their longevity, look, and lack of heat emitted. LEDs also offer a variety of smart home options including the ability to change the colors, control them from your phone, and more. If you are someone that already preferred to use LED lights, this ban has little to no impact on you. 

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