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A Special Note to Businesses

The Department of Energy recently adopted new regulations governing the types of light bulbs that can be sold in the U.S. This means that certain types of incandescent, halogen and CFL light bulbs will no longer be available for purchase.

One important thing to note is that these new rules target manufacturers, distributors and retailers, but not users. If you have old light bulbs on hand, you won’t be penalized for using them. In the future though, you may have to purchase more energy-efficient bulbs. While these bulbs carry a higher upfront cost, LEDs and other efficient light bulbs typically end up saving you money in the long run due to their much longer lifespans and you can purchase these through our program today! 

What Types of Bulbs are Prohibited?

As of July 25, 2022, retailers are prohibited from selling light bulbs that do not comply with the new DOE standards. Select incandescent, halogen and CFL bulbs will no longer be available for purchase. 

One important thing to keep in mind is that these regulations target manufacturers, distributors and retailers, not users. If you have a backstock of old light bulbs, you won’t be penalized for using them. It does mean, however, that once you go through your existing inventory, you might not be able to find the same type of bulb in stores or online.

How Does the New Regulation Impact Costs?

The general upfront cost of switching to LEDs involves a cost increase of around 30-40%. These numbers are deceptive, however, since LED bulbs typically end up saving you money over time. For starters, LED bulbs have a much longer lifespan than other bulbs–roughly 15-20 years–which means you’ll be replacing them far less often.

Do LED Bulbs Help Save on Energy Costs?

Not only do LED bulbs last much longer than other bulb types, they’re also far more efficient. A typical LED bulb consumes roughly 80-85% less energy than an incandescent bulb. This translates to significant savings on your energy costs. For an Energy Star certified LED bulb, you can expect to save up to $55 in energy costs over the course of its life, and that’s just for one light bulb. 

Do You Need a Lighting Retrofit?

Does this ruling mean that your business will have to undergo a lighting retrofit? Probably not. Retrofits will only be required for things like fluorescent tubing. Any bulbs that fit into a traditional lighting socket will not require a full retrofit.

Should You Change Your Bulbs All at Once?

There is a compelling reason to consider changing all of your bulbs at one time. Color temperature varies between LEDs and other types of bulbs. Because of this, mixing different types of bulbs can create a disorienting effect. It’s wise to stick with a single type of bulb from the same manufacturer, as this will create a more consistent quality of light.

 


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Batteries Plus teams up with country music artist Justin Moore this summer to support Folds of Honor nonprofit organization

You care deeply about the community you serve, and so do we. This summer, Batteries Plus has teamed up with country music artist Justin Moore to power his 25-city US tour. In conjunction with some of Justin’s shows, Batteries Plus and the nonprofit organization, Folds of Honor, will present $5,000 scholarships to deserving students from three different families of fallen or disabled US military veterans.

This is how we work to make a lasting impact on communities across the country. We’re proud of the work we do and glad you're in it with us! 


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Batteries Plus presents $5,000 scholarships to students from three different families of fallen or disabled US military veterans

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