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Light Bulbs Become More Energy Efficient

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Starting in January, 2014, certain types of light bulbs will be phased out.  We take a look at some of the changes consumers should expect to see. As you walk down the light bulb aisle, you may notice a few empty spots on the shelves.

"They're phasing them out little by little," says assistant manager David Kinney, Mac's Hardware.

Under the Energy Efficiency and Security Act signed into law in 2007 by President George W. Bush, light bulbs are required to become more energy efficient. Earlier this year, the 75 watt incandescent bulbs were phased out.  And, come January, 2014, 60 and 40 watt bulbs will be phased out.

"We've moved them down in the aisle a little bit and so, we can make more of the florescent bulbs more available, so people can start buying them instead of the other areas," says Kinney.

And, consumers aren't wasting any time to go green.  From strings of light lights to pre-lit Christmas trees, many of the holiday decorations are moving towards LED lights.

"You know that old movie Christmas Vacation, you watch the meter just spin like a 100 miles an hour that won't happen with those new light bulbs," says Kinney.  "They spin a lot slower, and they are a lot more energy efficient in the long run."

But, there is a price difference between the two types of bulbs.  Incandescent bulbs typically cost $2-3 while LED bulbs cost about $8-9.

Kinney says, "Like I said, you spend a little bit more, but in the long run, you'll get your money out of them within a year or two."

While many stores continue to stock and carry incandescent bulbs, time is running out.  Once manufacturers stop making the bulbs, stock will eventually run out and incandescent bulbs will no longer be available.

One of the benefits to using LED lights is they don't get as hot.  Typically, you can get 3-4 years out of one LED light.  But, of course that depends on what you're using it for.

 

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