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What is the Best Replacement for a 60 Watt Incandescent Light Bulb?

By April 11, 2013

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Everybody remembers 60 watt incandescent light bulbs. We've used them and stocked them for years. And now we can't find them when we go to the store. What happened, and what do we do now?

Basically, we have to find something new to replace our old favorites. But all of the new bulbs, like CFLs and LEDs and halogens sound so exotic and cost so much! To find out how the replacement bulbs stack up and find out which ones might be worth the money, check out the reviews of a standard 60 watt light bulb, a halogen light bulb, and an exotic hybrid that combines CFL and halogen technology in the same bulb, all from General Electric.

But what happened to the 60 watt bulbs?

When the U.S. Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, they required that new light bulbs that produce between 750 and 1,049 lumens must use no more than 43 watts of power, starting in 2013. Wait a minute. A standard 60 watt light bulb puts out about 800 lumens. So does this mean that the Congress essentially outlawed them? Yes. That's why we can't find them anymore, and why we have to find something to replace them.

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