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November 2, 2011

Do You Know About the New Incandescent Standards?

The Federal government has released new standards for incandescent light bulbs, beginning with banning the traditional 100 watt bulb. In a move to encourage energy efficiency, traditional incandescent bulbs will be replaced with newly designed,more efficient lower watt bulbs. In the following years, 75, 60 and 40 watt bulbs will also undergo the same treatment and be replaced by lower wattage models.

 FREE CFL Exchange at AMP's Service Center
As you phase out your incandescent bulbs, don’t forget that you can stop by Alameda Municipal Power’s Service Center (2000 Grand Street, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) and trade in your used, inefficient incandescent bulbs for energy saving compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs (limit 3 per household), CFL bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and should be recycled properly!

New California Incandescent Light Bulb Standards
 Traditional WattageNew Maximum WattageLumensImplementation Date
100721,790-2,600January 2, 2011
75531,050-1,489January 1, 2012
6043 750-1,049January 1, 2013
4029310-749January 1, 2013