GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-
You may not think about things like lighting when entering a new year, but during 2012, officials say there have been several changes to the way we light our homes and businesses.
Under federal law, manufactures are no longer able to make certain incandescent and florescent lights, eventually phasing them out by the year 2015.
“There is no reason not to do it,” said Matt Thesing, president of One Source Lighting. “What happened last year was the 8-foot technology was the technology that was discontinued.
As everything shifts in the world of lighting in the year 2013, officials say we may all have to have the mind set of out with the old, and in with the new.
“Technology like the 34 watt T12 light bulb, that 90 percent of Americans use, is the bulb that they no longer manufacture,” said Thesing.
Thesing and other members at One Source Lighting are busier than ever, upgrading businesses to more efficient technology like LED lights.
“The new technology is fantastic,” said Scott Sparks, lighting specialist.
They say though with the New Year here, to not think that every rebate that helps convert to energy efficient technology will expire.
On average, Thesing says converting to energy efficient light bulbs will help consumers save nearly half of their energy bill. Also, by switching lights, it won't be just about the amount of energy you save, but also the time you spend changing out your lights.
“It’s usually about 5 years before you even have to touch anything,” said Thesing.
Though you may still be able to find these outdated lights on shelves, officials say they won't be there for long, and it's important to do the switch before you're left in the dark.
For more information on rebates and converting your lighting system, click here.