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Incandescent light bulb

The Jan. 1 deadline has arrived, ending production of 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs.

The lower-watt bulbs join the 100-watt and the 75-watt that were phased out in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

The change began in 2007, when President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act into law, forcing low-efficiency light bulbs to be gradually removed from production.

Incandescent bulbs will be around for awhile longer. They will still be sold on retail shelves until the existing supplies are exhausted.

Sixty-five percent of Americans plan to switch to more energy-efficient lighting technologies, according to a mid-December survey by the Sylvania-Osram company, which produces light bulbs and fixtures.

Yet, 30 percent say that they plan to buy less efficient traditional incandescent light bulbs where still available and continue using them.

The new lights are halogen bulbs, LEDs (light emitting diodes) and CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps.)

Incandescent lights are not efficient 90% of the energy produced goes toward heat and only 10% toward light. LED and CFL lights are more efficient and last 10-20 times longer than an incandescent bulb. So if your 100-watt bulb lasted a year, expect a CFL bulb to last 10-20 years.

More than half (59%) of consumers are excited about the phase out, the survey said.

Energy costs are 25%-80% less with the newer lights, although they are more expensive to buy.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 12/31/2013
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