Starting Jan. 1, the “old’ incandescent light bulbs are being phased out.
The process has actually been in place for seven years after the 2007 energy efficiency law was signed by former President George W. Bush.
The law requires new bulbs to meet tighter standards.
You may have already noticed decreased availability of 100-watt and 75-watt incandescent bulbs because phasing out for those bulbs started in 2010.
Effective Jan. 1, the 60- and 40-watt bulbs are being phased out.
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Although the government continues to restrict the free choices of Americans, there are alternatives namely LED, halogen and fluorescent bulbs.
The federal government claims that the newer energy efficient bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer.
The improved technology initially will cost consumers substantially more, however, over the long term they will save consumers money.
ABC News reports that Home Depot currently sells a six pack of 60-Watt incandescent bulbs from GE that costs $4.67. A six-pack of the much pricier 60-Watt LEDs from Cree sells for a very expensive $77.82, which is nearly $13 per bulb, however the bulbs can last as much as 15 times longer than the incandescent bulbs.
Home Depot says that they have a six-month supply of incandescent bulbs to meet consumer needs and encourage consumers that want incandescent bulbs to stock up.
A number of people are posting photos online of their stockpile of incandescent bulbs and compaining about the federal government mandate.
A second set of restrictions, imposed by the government, is slated to go into effect in 2020.