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Many Consumers Still in the Dark Over Incandescent Phaseout

While more than one-third of Americans are aware of the federal phaseout of incandescent light bulbs, the majority of consumers have yet to learn that the 100-watt bulb is scheduled to disappear from store shelves beginning in 2012. This is one of the many findings of an Osram Sylvania consumer survey involving 300 homeowners and renters nationwide. Overall, the public appears to be optimistic toward the changes ahead: 59% of respondents reported that they were eager to use more energy-efficient lighting solutions. 60% plan to switch to LED, CFLs, or halogen varieties.  But 28% of the consumers polled expressed concern over the loss of the traditional light bulb.  Only 13% planned to stash away a supply of 100-watt bulbs.

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