THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
A CLOSER LOOK AT LIGHT BULBS

Main point is that consumers still have choice

August 9, 2011

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REGARDING YOUR Aug. 4 front-page article “Dim view of lighting law’’ and the Aug. 5 op-ed “Show me the light,’’ a couple of issues need clarification. Yes, there certainly is understandable confusion out there. The main message should be that consumers of light bulbs still have choices and, if they so choose, can still have their cake and eat it too.

The new energy-efficient version of the 100 watt light bulb still looks the same, gives the same warm light, is dimmable, and is already available. Yes, it does cost slightly more, but, since the new bulb uses only 72 watts, the extra cost is recovered through energy savings. The extra cost of about $1.50 produces a savings on one’s electric bill of about $4 over the life of the bulb. Of course, some may choose compact fluorescents or light-emitting diode bulbs to save even more.

For clear information, a new website is available: www. LUMENNow.org. The US Department of Energy also has a useful website at www. energysavers.gov. Consumer choice is still intact.

Robert E. Horner
Director of public policy
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
New York