Hard to believe it was way back in 2007 that the federal government agreed to get rid of the highly-inefficient incandescent light bulb. As with any legislative change, news of the planned phase-out met with political opposition, a little fear mongering, and lots of confusion about details.

For the past five years, Sylvania has conducted a nationwide survey to gauge public attitudes about energy-efficient lighting and awareness of the U.S. phase-out of inefficient incandescent light bulbs. Although moving at a snail’s pace, this year’s installment shows increased public awareness of the rolling phase-out and growing excitement for the cost-saving benefits of LEDs and CFLs.

Key Findings:

  • The survey shows a significant decrease — a 16 percent drop year over year — in those who said that they have incandescent bulbs in their homes. About one in 10 of those polled said that they have LED bulbs in sockets.
  • Since 2008, the number of consumers that listed “burned out or broken” as their main reason for switching out their bulbs dropped by 10 percent.  Sixty-eight percent of Americans now say that they have switched lighting for increased energy efficiency.
  • Six in 10 consumers say that they are more excited about the phase-out than they are concerned about it, yet 28 percent of respondents are still worried, as they prefer using traditional incandescent bulbs. In true, “doomsday preppers” fashion, however, 16 percent of respondents say that they plan to save up or “hoard” 100-watt incandescent bulbs while they are still available, which is up slightly from the 13 percent that said that they would stockpile 100-watt bulbs in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

For more interesting insights from the 5th annual Sylvania Socket Survey, scroll through the infographic below.

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