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U.S. set to phase out incandescent light bulbs

Updated: Friday, December 27 2013, 08:16 PM CST
Posted by: Lauren Gross

HARRISBURG – Consumers can say goodbye to the standard incandescent light bulb in a couple days.

Starting Jan. 1, the U.S. will no longer make or import incandescent bulbs, in order to switch to more energy-efficient ones.

The energy-efficient bulbs cost more than incandescent ones but last much longer and save on energy costs in the long run. 

Stores will still be able to sell what they have in stock. 

"If you're used to a 40 or 60 you'll probably have to get a 75 or 100. But this 40 watt here only uses 9 watts of electricity compared to, you know, your old bulbs, 40 watts is 40 watts so you can go up to a 100 watt bulb and it probably only uses 13 watts of electricity," said Don Hudson, manager of Horning’s True Value.

According to engery.gov, switching to energy-efficient light bulbs can lower your electric bill by 25 to 80 percent. 
U.S. set to phase out incandescent light bulbs


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