Old-fashioned light bulbs no longer to be sold

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Updated: 12/25/2013 5:32 pm Published: 12/25/2013 5:15 pm

Get ready for changes on store shelves in the New Year.

FOX23 explains why old-fashioned light bulbs will no longer be sold past Dec. 31.

If you like those standard incandescent light bulbs you've used for years -- you better stock up now.

The government put an end to production as of Jan. 1.

Companies can only make halogen incandescent CFL and LED light bulbs. The new bulbs use less energy and cost less over time.

Shopper Joe Freeman started using them a year ago.

"Our power has gone down about 1/3 of what it was," Freeman said.

Some consumers complained the energy-efficient lights don't brighten up quickly.

Natural Resources Defense Council spokesman Bob Keefe said a lot of consumers don't know the difference between several types of light bulbs.

"The newest bulbs, especially LED's and new halogen incandescent - a lot of times you're not going to be able to tell the difference at all," Keefe said.

Keefe says the typical 60-watt bulb in your house costs about $8 a year to use and usually only last one year, but the most efficient bulb, the LED, costs only about a $1.35 a year to use, and they're supposed to last 15 to 25 years.

"When you add up all the light bulbs in your house, that's a pretty substantial savings," Keefe said. "And when you multiply your household by all of the households in America, that's a lot of savings."

Keefe says the manufacturing of these new light bulbs is creating high-paying jobs around the country.

Shoppers want to know if the higher-cost bulbs will be worth it.

"A little more money up front, but over time, if they last longer, but they key is, will the bulbs last?," Freeman said.

For Freeman, it's a year and counting.

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karlschneider - 12/30/2013 6:21 PM
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How amazingly lucky are we, having the government tell us how we must spend our own money. What's next, they will be sending some bureaucrat around to wipe our behinds after we take a dump because we are all obviously too gawdam stupid to figure out how to handle our own affairs?

Mayor Maynot - 12/28/2013 5:11 PM
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15 to 25 years. How can the company stay in business???

SWallace - 12/25/2013 10:05 PM
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So much for consumer choice.
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