AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — In 2012, we kissed the 100 watt incandescent bulb goodbye. Earlier this year, we bid adieu to the 75 watt bulb. Next week, it’s farewell to the 60 and 40 watt versions, which right now account for half of all light bulb sales in the U.S.
“Customers are paying attention to it, buying extra bulbs, stocking up on extra bulbs,” says Bruce Drewniany, manager at Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Agawam. ”We’ve all grown up used to these bulbs and some people are resistant to change.”
The government’s multi-year phaseout means companies can no longer manufacture the less energy efficient bulbs, but there’s nothing stopping stores like Rocky’s Ace Hardware from selling them. Drewniany anticipates customers will be hesitant to buy the new, more energy efficient bulbs as long as the incandescent are still on the shelves.
“ You can be looking at sometimes double, triple the cost,” says Drewniany.
If you can get past the sticker shock of some of these newer bulbs — which can end up costing close to $7 per 60-watt bulb — you’ll end up saving you money in the long run. The bulbs require much less energy and, on average, last about 8 years longer — a $49 savings by the time you buy a new bulb.
Many companies have produced excess incandescent bulbs ahead of the year end deadline, which means stores like Rocky’s Ace Hardware will still likely continue selling these bulbs for months to come — until their supply runs out.