Light Bulb Ban Signals Dynamic Changes in Electric Lighting
Wisconsin's Rodney Heller Charts Top 4 Steps to Help Businesses, Consumers Adjust
MADISON, Wis., Jan. 2, 2012 -- It's change that's coming
literally at the speed of light. In fact, there will be more
change in the world of electric lighting in the next few
years than there was in the past 100. Halogens. CFLs. LEDs.
This change has spawned public uncertainty and it affects
everyone. Though Congress recently de-funded the January 1st
ban on the 100-watt incandescent bulb, the federal law is
still on the books. Retailers who sell the bulb will
technically be violating the law. As the remaining
incandescent bulbs are phased out in the very near future,
some people are already hoarding them.
"Lighting technology is changing dramatically and it's much
more than just grabbing a light bulb from the hardware store
shelf," said Rodney Heller, Lead Lighting Designer at Energy
Performance Lighting (EPL). Heller is a nationally
recognized leader in the field of energy-efficient lighting
and is based in the Madison area. He has also produced a
new, 30-minute television special entitled, Electric Light:
Dawn of a New Era. The program will premiere on Milwaukee
Public Television Channel 10 on Friday January 6, 2012 at
6:30 p.m. (CST). It will also air on Channel 36 on Saturday
January 7th at 12:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (CST).
To watch the video, click here: http://vimeo.com/31403811.
Heller recommends four steps that will help businesses and
consumers adjust to the future of electric lighting:
- Don't be afraid of change
- Realize that there are many more choices than just
the compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb. For example,
halogen bulbs provide instant brightness and last 6
times longer than incandescents.
- Select cool/blue colors for alertness and
warm/yellow colors to relax
- Don't fret the higher cost of LEDs. The energy
savings will quickly offset that cost and the price of
LEDs will drop by the end of 2012.
"We've got many different bulb choices for selecting energy
efficiency, wattage and light color," said Heller. "We are
only now beginning to understand how the color of light
affects us physically and psychologically. Not only will you
be able to save up to 75 percent on your lighting bill,
you'll be able to install lights and never have to replace
them in your lifetime!"
Editor's note: Rodney Heller, Certified Lighting Efficient
Professional (CLEP), is available for interviews. Please
contact Tom Andrews as noted below to make arrangements.
About Energy Performance Lighting
Founded in 2003, Energy Performance Lighting (EPL) works
with businesses to ensure they have the correct lighting and
are using energy-efficient fixtures and bulbs. EPL is
driving the evolution of best practices in the lighting
industry, and its groundbreaking research includes
collaboration with scientists to explore the physiological
and psychological effects of lighting in the workplace. For
more information, call 608.661.5555 or visit