Tulsa hardware store owner speaks on phasing out certain light bulbs for Biden energy plan

TULSA, Okla. — Soon, consumers may not be able to buy incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs.

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), many of those bulbs will be phased out under President Joe Biden’s plan to conserve more energy and save consumers money.

You can still buy those bulbs at True Value near East 31st and South Yale, for now.

“I, hypothetically, should not be able to buy these right now,” said True Value Owner David Day.

He showed FOX23 a letter he got from his company saying, if he’s caught selling incandescent bulbs in July, he could face some serious fines.

“There are timelines now to remove all incandescent light bulbs from my isle and replacement them with LED,” said Day.

The LED light is known for being brighter and lasting longer.

“When I sell an LED bulb to people, I say, ‘I will never see you again because it will be another 30 years until it goes out,’” he said.

Day did not argue on LEDs efficiency.

“What takes four incandescent takes one led,” Day said.

But he said they are often more expensive for him and the consumer.

“What one LED bulb costs me is a pack of four incandescent bulbs,” Day said.

According to the Department of Energy, President Biden’s plan is to conserve energy while saving the consumers money and having more efficient light.

THE DOE put out this statement back in April about the 2023 changes:

Today’s proposed rule significantly raises the minimum lightbulb efficiency level, from 45 to over 120 lumens per watt for the most common bulbs. Earlier this year, DOE implemented a near-term phaseout of inefficient incandescent bulbs. Today’s new rule will accelerate the transition away from compact fluorescent bulbs as well, toward more efficient, and long-lasting LED bulbs that deliver significant savings and that the lighting industry is already embracing. DOE estimates that the new rule, if adopted within the proposed timeframe, will deliver consumer benefits of up to $20 billion dollars and conserve roughly 4 quadrillion British thermal units of energy in the 30 years after its implementation.

You can find the full press release from the department of Energy by cling this link.

It means by summertime; Day will no longer be selling the incandescent bulbs.