Starting January 1, a new light-bulb law went into affect nationwide, setting new efficiency standards . The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act requires 100-watt light bulbs to use 72 percent electricity to produce the same amount of light by Jan. 1, 2012, according to the government’s Energy Star website.
David Edward Edison Sloane, a professor of English at the University of New Haven and the great-grandson of the inventor Thomas A. Edison, who is writing a book titled “Edison’s Daughter,” about his grandmother, Madeleine Edison Sloane, tells CNN he thinks his great-grandfather would approve.
“My great grandfather’s 100-watt incandescent will be replaced with new energy-efficient versions, including CFLs, LEDs, and — yes — new and improved incandescent bulbs. When better lighting is fully implemented throughout our country, we’ll be saving $13 billion a year in electricity costs and we’ll eliminate the need for 30 large power plants, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group.