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January 2, 2014

Survey: More see light on bulb switches

Nearly two-thirds of Americans plan to switch to more energy-efficient lighting as a result of federal legislation designed to increase efficiency standards, according to a recent survey by lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania.

However, the sixth annual “socket survey” conducted by Danvers-based Osram found that 30 percent of consumers said they plan to buy a lot of less efficient, traditional incandescent light bulbs where they’re still available and will continue to use them.

The survey also found that 64 percent of those polled in November are generally aware of the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, which is up from 52 percent last year and 21 percent in the initial survey in 2008.

However, three of every five Americans are still unaware that 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs will be phased out starting this month. They will join the 100- and 75-watt bulbs, which were phased out in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

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