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By Shirley Hawkins
Long gone are the dinosaur, the horse-and-buggy and the typewriter.
Now, consumers will have to scramble to find 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs after January 1, 2014 because the popular bulbs are being phased out.
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency determined that the bulbs were inefficient and drafted federal legislation to discontinue the bulbs.
The 40- and 60-watt light bulbs will be the last in the line of incandescent bulbs to be discontinued. Manufacturers stopped producing 100-watt bulbs after Jan. 1, 2012, and 75-watt bulbs ceased production last year.
After the first of the year, shoppers will have to choose between compact fluorescents, LED lights, halogen bulbs, and high-efficiency incandescent bulbs.
Energy companies have reported that the lights will save consumers money off their light bill in the long run even though they will cost more when purchased.
But apparently, old habits die hard–store owners have been reporting that customers have been flocking into stores and stocking up on the soon-to-be discontinued 40- and 60- watt bulbs. Most predict that sales of incandescent lights will continue to be brisk until supplies run out.
Los Angeles resident Jeanette Powell said she was surprised when she heard that fluorescent light bulbs would soon be discontinued.
“I was shocked,” she said. “I’ve used light bulbs for so long, it’s going to be strange not to have them anymore. It just won’t be the same without them.”