Light Bulb Ban

Federal Legislation

You may not realize that new legislation for 2014 has made standard incandescent 60 and 40 watt light bulbs obsolete. Efficiency standards outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act were signed into law by President George Bush in 2007. It is now illegal to manufacture or import the bulbs as of December 31, 2013. Retailers are still allowed to sell any remaining stock.

The old incandescent bulbs are inefficient as only about 10% of their energy output is converted into light. The rest of the energy output is lost to heat according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Recycling Light Bulbs

When you replace those old incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) bulbs you'll need to recycle the CFL bulbs when they no longer work. The Coon Rapids Recycling Center is happy to accept your CFL bulbs.