Lights out for some light bulbs in the new year
POSTED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 8:05pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 5:05pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — The bulbs most people light their homes with will soon be out completely. As of January 1, 2014 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured in the United States.
President George W. Bush signed the "Energy independence and Security Act" in 2007 as a push to make the nation more energy efficient. "Its going to take a couple months before i run out or other hardware store run out, but once they're gone you're going to have to go to a CFL, halogen, or LED," said Steve Keeton, Ace Hardware manager.
Once all of the incandescent bulbs run out, the cheapest alternative will be CFL bulbs. Besides CFL bulbs or also known as compact fluorescent lamps, other options are LED and halogen light bulbs.
- $14.99 for a 4 pack
- lasts around 4 years
- $8.99 for a 4 pack
- lasts around 8 months
- $18.99 for 1
- lasts around 13 years
This may be a bright idea to save money in the future, but according to Keeton, these bulbs have their downsides. "Its good for being energy efficient, but still got to way to go when you're putting mercury and led in the light bulbs, it can't be good for the environment and the lighting quality is not as good," said Keeton