Next Phase of the Incandescent Phase-Out. Control4 Solutions

We bid a less-than-fond farewell to wasteful 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs, following the disappearance of their equally inefficient 75- and 100-watt brethren over the past couple of years. The incorrect assumption would be that these old, inefficient forms of lighting are being replaced entirely by newer solid state technologies like CFL (compact fluorescent) and LED (light emitting diodes). In truth, though, incandescents aren’t actually going away; they’re merely being replaced by more efficient halogen bulbs that look the same and work much the same, but operate much more efficiently. The old 60-watt bulbs that will soon disappear from store shelves? As much as 90% of the energy you feed them is converted into heat, not light. The new halogen equivalents, by contrast, will deliver the same luminous output while only requiring between 40 and 45 watts of power. That’s still a far cry from the 10 or so watts of power consumed by 60-watt equivalent LED bulbs. And LEDs are undoubtedly the light of the future. But we don’t live in the future just yet. And for the present, the lighting aisle at your favorite local store is likely a confusing, headache inducing mess. Especially if you rely on dimmers to further enhance energy efficiency and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home’s lighting. Because even dimmable LED and CFL bulbs usually don’t dim well (or live very long) when used with lighting controls designed with those old, inefficient incandescent bulbs in mind. It’s frustrating, right? And the problem is further compounded by the fact that most of us aren’t in the habit of replacing all of...