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Over the next five years, several changes will occur in the lighting industry, the most prominent of which will be the phasing out and replacing of standard light bulbs by more energy efficient alternatives.
In January of 2012, 100W incandescent bulbs will be phased out; however, they will be replaced by more energy efficient 72W bulbs.
These new bulbs will be required to emit the same amount of lumens as a 100W bulb, just without consuming In addition, packaging standards have been in the process of changing since the middle of this year. Instead of referring to bulbs by their wattage, packaging now refers to them according to their Lumens, and will include a cost figure for yearly usage. In addition, packaging will now include a "Lighting Facts" portion that will inform consumers about brightness, energy cost, life expectancy, light appearance, wattage, and mercury content.as much electricity. Remember, lumens refer to the amount of light produced, whereas watts refer to the amount of energy consumed by the bulb. This trend will continue through 2014 in an effort to increase overall energy efficiency.
In this day and age, electrical energy accounts for a majority of overall energy consumption with lighting accounting for about 17% of all electricity use in homes.