Incandescent Light Bulbs Disappearing in 2014 (VIDEO)

By 21Alive - Rachelle Spence

December 30, 2013 Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Beginning January 1st, the U.S. will pull the plug on incandescent light bulbs.

The change is part of a 2007 energy-efficiency law signed by former President George W. Bush.

The phase out began with 75 and 100-watt incandescent bulbs in 2012. This last phase out will include all 40 and 60-watt bulbs.

“It’s mainly for energy saving, so that we don’t use as much electricity,” said Stellhorn Hardware owner, Roger Swisher Sr.

But just because most incandescent light bulbs will begin being phased out with the new year, doesn’t mean customers won’t be able to find them anywhere.

The law requires that incandescent bulbs will no longer be manufactured or imported, but stores around the country can continue to order from their suppliers and sell what they have in stock.

The energy efficient bulbs will cost more to buy, but Swisher says in the long run, they will last longer and save customers more money.

Swisher adds, “They lose a lot less energy and you’re going to find that you’ll have a less expensive energy bill.”

Some people aren’t welcoming the phase out. Many are heading to hardware stores to stock up on Thomas Edison’s original creation. For consumers trying to put off the inevitable, Swisher says hurry, “once they’re gone…they’re gone.”




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