Light Bulb Phase Out
ITHACA---(WENY) It's about to be light's out for light bulbs as most of us know them. January 1, 2014 marked the end of an era when it comes to the incandescent light bulb.
The 40 and 60 watt bulbs are being phased out due to a provision in the energy efficiency law signed by former President George W. Bush. The alternatives include compact fluorescent, eco-vantage, and LED bulbs.
In comparisson to the traditional 60 watt bulb, compact fluorescent bulbs use about 13 watts and LEDs use about nine watts.
Jason Fowler, a store manager at Home Depot in Ithaca said, "A regular incandescent also lasted, based on usage, around one to two years was the lifespan of that bulb. In a compact fluorescent, it's about seven to nine years. And, in an LED, your looking at about 20-22years."
The downside is the new light bulbs will cost you a little more than the regular bulbs, but only having to purchase them about once a decade or more could prove a huge savings in the longrun.