Incandescent phase out

Incandescent phase outA federal rule stopped manufacturers from producing 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent lamps, commonly known as light bulbs, earlier this year.

Now electricians and contractors may find themselves with customers who are wondering what lighting solution is best for replacing these less efficient, and now extinct, lamps.

As lighting shifts to more energy-efficient lamps to satisfy the federal rule and consumer demand for energy-saving solutions, electrical contractors can expect to field questions about the latest lighting trends, including light emitting diode, or LED, lamps.

When handling questions from customers, electrical contractors need to be prepared to provide answers to maintain their reputation as a trusted and reliable figure in the contracting business. Knowing they’re ready with the lighting solutions customers need at the moment they need them will help instill confidence in their customers and help their business to grow in the future.

Explain the Benefits of Energy-efficient Lighting to Appeal to Your Customers

Since it’s now lights out for 40-watt and 60-watt lamps, following the previous regulations imposed on 75-watt and 100-watt lamps, more residential consumers may be interested in cost-effective solutions such as compact fluorescent, or CFL, and LED lighting.

LED lamps are appealing to customers as they can help save energy while generating the same amount of light, as these lamps have much greater lumens per watt, similar to miles per gallon, when compared to their discontinued counterparts.

LED lamps can last as long as 10 years, reducing the maintenance headache and also adding additional value to the product on top of the energy savings.

Although new LED lamps may cost more than regular incandescent, halogen or compact fluorescent initially, the prices of these energy-efficient lamps are expected to decline as new technology continues to advance in the lighting industry and more options emerge. But also remember that at this time an LED lamp is the Cadillac when comparing to other replacement lamp types and has exceptional benefits over the older technologies.

This data suggests residential customers’ initial investment isn’t a short-term trend, but a new era in lighting technology for their homes.

How to Capitalize on the Incandescent Phase-out

A way to capitalize on the incandescent phase-out is by being electricians with the answers for your customers’ questions. Being able to point your customers in the right direction for their application can position you as a credible contractor in your area.


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