Now that 2014 is here, it’s officially time to say goodbye to our dear old friend the incandescent light bulb. The two best selling bulbs on the market -- 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs -- are now illegal to manufacture in the United States. You’ll find them on shelves until they sell out, but once they’re gone they’re really gone.
The phase-out is part of an energy efficiency standards plan signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007. More powerful 75 and 100-watt incandescent bulbs were already phased out over the last several years.
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With the reign of the incandescent bulb burning out (ha!), consumers will now be left to choose between more efficient bulbs like halogen, LED, and CFL bulbs. Though this bulbs cost more at checkout, they are expected to save consumers money in the long run by lowering their electric bills.
According to a recent survey by lighting mega-brand Sylvania, 4 out of 10 consumers are not aware of the upcoming policy change. Regardless, 6 out of 10 people surveyed favor the switch are looking forward to the money they will save in the long run through the phase out.