The Department of Energy’s new regulations will require retailers to stop selling incandescent light bulbs. While these regulations are set to take effect on August 1, 2023, the DOE has already begun warning companies to transition away from incandescent bulbs.
Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs will replace incandescent bulbs, but fewer than half of households reported using mostly or exclusively LEDs, according to the Residential Energy Consumption Survey.
Critics argue that consumers should have the choice between incandescent bulbs and LEDs, rather than being regulated off the market. These regulations will particularly impact lower-income Americans, as the cost of LED bulbs is still higher than incandescent bulbs. However, environmental groups have applauded the Biden administration for its commitment to energy efficiency.