Are old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs still available?
Although it is commonly believed that incandescent light bulbs are no longer available, that is actually not the case. Several years ago, new guidelines directed manufacturers to produce more efficient incandescent bulbs. While those bulbs are no longer available in the traditional wattages of 100, 75, 60 and 40, they are now available in comparable light outputs of 72, 53, 43 and 28 watts.
The comparable light outputs are as follows:
- 100 watts (old) = 72 watts (new)
- 75 watts (old) = 53 watts (new)
- 60 watts (old) = 43 watts (new)
- 40 watts (old) = 28 watts (new)
When you shop for these bulbs they will also say that they are "halogen incandescent." This means that they are incandescent bulbs, but they also use a halogen gas that makes them more efficient. The quality of the light of the new bulbs is very similar to that of the old bulbs, although they sometimes will appear "whiter."
You also can purchase the older incandescent technology as "rough service" bulbs. These are the exact same type of incandescent as the original incandescent bulbs, but they are designed to be more durable than standard incandescents.
To see the various types and options of bulbs available, please visit a local ALA-member lighting showroom.
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