Dim future for fluorescent lights in growing number of states

Five states passed laws this year to phase them out in favor of LEDs.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) replaces a light bulb while helping the maintenance staff at American River College Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

A growing number of states are moving to phase out fluorescent lighting as part of a transition to LED, which is more efficient, environmentally friendlier and lasts longer.

Five states — Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon and Rhode Island — enacted legislation this year to eventually end the sale of fluorescent light bulbs. They join California and Vermont, which enacted clean-lighting laws in 2022.

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