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60-watt and 40-watt Incandescent Bulbs Phased Out Jan. 1

light bulbAGAWAM, 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.

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  • ToddM

    I’ve been using them for a while now but have found them to not be as bright and have had a few just die early.

  • http://www.SociallyUncensored.eu SociallyUncensored.eu

    I love that the energy saving lights do save you money on your electric, but they do not last longer. I can’t help, but laugh at the idea of them lasting 8 years.

  • rick1959

    Frist it was Clinton with our toilets, now Bozo with our light bulbs, when will the American people revolt and stop this goverment from dictating our lives??

  • DebbieInMa

    I HATE the so called Energy saving bulbs. They take forever to come on, they are NEVER as bright as the incandescent type and they DO NOT last. In fact all the ones we’ve ever bought, don’t even last 6 months ! I mean, Come on, really? I understand the energy thing, but isn’t there some other place we can conserve, instead? How about ONE computer per household? ORRRRRRRRRR How about all, businesses are CLOSED Every Sunday? That would save thousands in energy.
    The only places that could be open would be hospitals, churches, Emergency services and Maybe a Pharmacy that only sells pharmacuticals. (Like Prescriptions, bandaids, Cough syrup or drops, and fever reducers.) Not the kind that sells shampoo, toilet paper, cosmetics, magazines, milk, candy, stationery and so on.
    Just saying.
    Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating the Holy Day.