Americans plan to switch to more energy-efficient lighting technologies as a result of the federally mandated legislation aimed at increasing efficiency standards. This was just one of the findings of the sixth annual Sylvania Socket Survey for North America.


The survey found that 65 percent of Americans plan to switch to more efficient lighting. Surprisingly, 30 percent of consumers said they still plan to buy less efficient traditional incandescent lamps where available and will continue using them. Just four out of 10 consumers were aware of the January 2014 phase-out of 60- and 40-watt (W) lamps.


Of those polled, 64 percent are generally aware of the phase-out of incandescent lamps, which is up from 52 percent last year and a drastic increase from just 21 percent in 2008. While these findings show an increase in consumer awareness of the initial legislation, nearly 60 percent of Americans are still unaware that 60- and 40W incandescent lamps were being phased out as of January 2014. These lamps will join the 100W and the 75W incandescents, which were phased out in 2012 and 2013, respectively.


“We are committed to bringing innovative products to market, providing consumers with choices, and leading the industry in a time of transition from analog to digital,” said Jes Munk Hansen, president and CEO of Osram Sylvania.


When asked about switching to more efficient lighting technologies, 46 percent of consumers polled plan to switch to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), 24 percent will opt for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and 13 percent say they will choose halogen. Consumers uniformly agree on what is important when making their lighting choices. Respondents say that brightness (92 percent), lifespan, energy usage and price (all 82 percent) are of the highest importance when choosing which lamps to buy.