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Bulbrite Incandescent Aims to Beat the ‘Ban’

Bulbrite has launched its Halogen A19 lamp, an incandescent bulb the company describes as “eco-friendly,” and that complies with the Energy Independence and Security Act.

The act takes effect January 1, 2012 and requires general-service light bulbs to operate up to 30 percent more efficiently than current standards require, effectively outlawing the sale of most incandescent bulbs.

The Halogen A19, a recent winner of the Platinum Award for Design Excellence, is available in four models from 29 to 72 watts. It is dimmer-friendly and can last up to 1,000 hours, the company says.

In April, Philips announced a range of incandescent light bulbs that it says comply with the impeding regulations. The EcoVantage range has the same look, shape and feel as common household bulbs, but, similar to Bulbrite’s offering, uses halogen technology to offer energy savings.

California is phasing out incandescents a year early. But other states have pushed back against the regulations.

In March, South Carolina legislators introduced the Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act, which would permit manufacturers to make incandescent bulbs in the state, as long as the bulbs are stamped with the words “Made in South Carolina” and sold only in that state.

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