Since incandescent light bulbs use more energy than other light sources (compact fluorescent lamps and LED lamps), some laws and regulations have been passed to start phasing out their usage.
By 2018, California plans on eliminating incandescent bulbs thanks to a bill passed by the California State Assembly. The bill also requires a general reduction in electricity usage. In 2007, New Jersey called for the state to switch to fluorescent lighting in government buildings over the next three years.
When the Clean Energy Act of 2007 was signed, some of these state efforts became moot. This legislation decided to ban incandescent bulbs that produce 310 – 2600 lumens of light by 2014. Bulbs outside this range are exempt from the ban. Lights like colored lamps, appliance lamps, and plant lights are also exempt.
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