Rush and Glenn Are Losing the Light Bulb Wars, According To New Survey

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Fred Upton, soon to be head of the Energy and Commerce Committee, was too green for Rush Limbaugh because he co-sponsored the 2007 legislation on light bulb efficiency. Glenn Beck called him a "socialist" for it. To get his new gig he had to backtrack and promise to re-examine his position. Upton now says "he has heard complaints from consumers who compare the ban on incandescent light bulbs to other examples of "nanny state" governance, such as restrictions on fully-flushing toilets."

But it really doesn't matter what they do with the legislation, because consumers are voting with their wallets and changing anyways. The Sylvania Socket Survey shows that a majority are already making the move, and are happy about it.


According to the survey, more consumers are aware of the phase out and the majority is optimistic about new technologies, with 59 percent of respondents reporting they are eager to use more energy efficient lighting solutions. 28 percent expressed worry about the demise of the traditional bulbs.

Consumers Already Embracing New Lighting Technologies

The majority of households already use at least one CFL, over one third use halogens and some consumers continue to adopt LEDs

  • Next to incandescent bulbs, CFLs take the lead in consumer adoption with 72 percent of American households using at least one bulb

  • Trailing behind the popular CFL, 39 percent of respondents use halogen bulbs in their home

  • LED adoption grew to nearly one household in ten (9 percent), with 81 percent of Americans reporting they have heard of LED bulbs.

  • The majority of consumers prioritize brightness (91 percent), bulb longevity (88 percent) and energy efficiency (85 percent) when choosing a light bulb

Increased Awareness and Proactive Preparation for the Phase Out
More consumers aware of phase out and the majority of Americans plan to reevaluate their lighting in the home

  • In response to the 100-watt elimination, most respondents plan to switch to a new technology bulb, such as LED, halogen or CFL

  • Less than one-third (23 percent) plan to switch to a lower wattage incandescent

  • Only 13 percent plan to save up or "hoard" 100-watt incandescent bulbs, a consistent statistic with the 2009 socket survey findings


Notwithstanding the nanny state hype and the mercury HAZMAT scares, it seems that buying five times as much on electricity for the same amount of light doesn't make a lot of sense to anyone, including conservatives.

Download a PDF of the survey here.

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