What happened to my 100W light bulbs
Over the past few years you have probably found it harder and harder to find 100 watt light bulbs. As per the Energy Independence And Security Act of 2007, incandescent light bulb were to be phased out over a 7 year period. It started with the 100 watt bulbs at the start of 2012 and as of January 1st 2014 100W, 75W, 60W and 40W light bulbs can no longer be produced for sale in the United States. If stores still have supplies, they are able to sell them, but when they are gone, they are gone. The full Energy Independence And Security Act can be read here.
What does this mean for Air King products that use incandescent lighting?
The good news it there are viable alternatives. Almost any medium base screw-in type bulb can be used in Air King light combinations. The most popular are compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). These are the spiral looking lamps you see at almost any hardware or retail store. New technologies in LED lighting is quickly becoming popular and more readily available. While typically more expensive they will generally last longer than incandescent or CFL lamps.
Wait, I saw 100 watt bulbs still for sale?
There are still 100 watt bulbs available. Bulbs labeled for Server Duty or Rought Service can still be produced. These work almost identical to the traditional incandecnet lamps. The difference is that they generally have additional wire inside the glass to support the filament. This makes them more resistant to vibration. They can be used in traditional fixtures, but they are also considerably more expensive than the residential version.
What is the difference in lighting?
While we will let the lighting experts give the long technical answers about color, temperature and so forth, the basic answer is how much energy it takes to produce the light. For instance a 26 watt CFL is going to produce about the same amount of light as a 100 watt incandescent light but use 64 less watts of energy to do it.
Does one type of lighting work better than the other?
Air King still recommends CFL lamps for use in models with lights. Typically CFL lighting is going to give a wider spread of light (know as flood) than LED. While LED technology is advancing rapidly, it still produces more of a stream of light (know as spot). If you are trying to light an entire room, the CFL might work better at this point. Most CFL lamps do not work with dimmer switches, so if your application calls for that, make sure to purchase a CFL specifically rated as dimmable.