Survey Reveals Awareness of Incandescent Lamp Phase-Out Growing

Public awareness of the federal phase-out of incandescent lamps is growing, according to the third annual Sylvania Socket Survey. Thirty-six percent of Americans reported that they are aware of the phase-out—up 10 percent from 2009. While a majority still uses incandescent lamps, 60 percent plan to switch to light-emitting diode (LED), compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or halogen varieties when the phase-out begins in 2012 with the 100-watt lamp. The survey also revealed some concerns about the transition. Of the consumers polled, 28 percent expressed worry about the demise of the traditional lamps.

Commissioned by Osram Sylvania, the Socket Survey is part of a series of polls tracking commercial, consumer and automotive lighting trends. This year’s results indicate 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.

“We are seeing a positive and evolving perspective from consumers as they become more educated about the phase-out,” said John Salerno, Osram Sylvania Consumer Lighting vice president and general manager.

With one year until the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act begins to phase out traditional incandescent lamps, 51 percent of consumers and 71 percent of businesses have already evaluated the types of lamps they use, according to data from the Socket Survey.

The survey found the majority of households already use at least one CFL, more than one-third use halogens and some have adopted LEDs. Next to incandescent lamps, 72 percent of American households are using at least one CFL. Trailing behind the popular CFL, 39 percent of respondents use halogen lamps in their home. And LED adoption grew to 9 percent, with 81 percent of Americans reporting they have heard of LED lamps. The majority of consumers prioritize brightness (91 percent), lamp longevity (88 percent) and energy efficiency (85 percent) when choosing a lamp.

Also according to the survey, 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 lamp, such as LED, halogen or CFL. Less than one-third (23 percent) plan to switch to a lower wattage incandescent. And only 13 percent plan to save up or “hoard” 100-watt incandescent lamps, a consistent statistic with the 2009 socket survey findings.

The survey was conducted over an 11-day period in November 2010. The results are based on more than 300 interviews with homeowners and renters nationwide.

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