Poll Shows Interest Around CFLs, LEDs

It’s time, once again, for the annual Osram Sylvania Socket Survey, which last year found consumers increasingly interested in energy-efficiency, but largely in the dark on the incandescent phase-out. The past year, it would seem, has shed some light on the latter subject, as this third annual survey of consumer attitudes towards lighting options has found nearly a 16 percent increase in consumer awareness that, come 2012, the 100 watt incandescent bulb will be a thing of the past.

With just one year to go now until the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act begins to phase out traditional incandescent bulbs, 51 percent of consumers and 71 percent of businesses have already begun evaluating the types of light bulbs they use, according to data gathered from the SYLVANIA Socket Survey and 2010 Commercial Lighting Survey, which found that the majority of households already use at least one compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulb, over one third use halogen lights and some brave consumers continue to adopt super-efficient LED bulbs, despite the sticker shock.

Osram Sylvania bulbs

image via Osram Sylvania

Commissioned by North American lighting giant OSRAM SYLVANIA, the Socket Survey is currently the industry’s only national measurement of changing American attitudes towards lighting, part of a series of polls tracking commercial, consumer and automotive trends in this area. Overall results of the survey indicate not only greater awareness of new efficiency standards but an optimism concerning new technologies, with 59 percent of respondents reporting they are eager to use more energy efficient lighting solutions.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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