It's lights out for the incandescent bulb in Calif
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The brightest bulb in most homes for more than a century is fading toward darkness this year as California turns out the light on the century-old incandescent.
Beginning Jan. 1, the state began phasing out certain energy-sucking bulbs, federal standards the rest of the country will enact next year.
Manufacturers will no longer make the traditional 100-watt bulb and stores will eventually sell out of current supplies. Consumers will have to choose from more efficient bulbs that use no more than 72 watts, including halogen incandescents, compact fluorescents and light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs.
"These standards will help cut our nation's electric bill by over $10 billion a year and will save the equivalent electricity as 30 large power plants," said Noah Horowitz a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. "That translates into a whole lot less global warming pollution being emitted."
The change is part of the federal Energy Independence and Security Act that President George Bush signed in 2007, to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. California was allowed to adopt the national standard one year earlier.
The act requires new bulbs to use 25 to 30 percent less energy beginning in 2012 nationally -- starting with the 100-watt bulb. By 2014, other incandescent bulbs, including the 75-, 60- and 40-watt, will also be phased out across the country.
Some specialty bulbs, however, will continue to be available. Consumers will still be able to get smaller lights such as yellow bug lights and aquarium bulbs.
Light bulb manufacturers said they haven't gotten any reports of customers hoarding 100-watt bulbs yet, though that may change once supplies begin to dry up and word gets out.
Nick Reynoza, manager at Royal Lighting in Los Angeles, said it's a shame the transition comes at a time when alternatives are so much more expensive.
"It's not really an option -- you have this or you don't get anything," he said. "The options are more expensive. Four incandescents are $1.00, the halogens are $5.99 and the LED are like $20." end quote.
If you are over 30 or 40 years of age and like to have decent eyesight still and not slowly go blind, I recommend stocking up on incandescents for your home. I think it's great the government wants us to save money but I for one am not willing to go blind to make them happy. None of the alternatives so far are good for your eyes or brain in regard to reading with if you do the research. I just think they all must think we are all really stupid to give up our incandescent bulbs to pay between 5 and 80 times as much for a single bulb that only makes us slowly go blind. If you can't afford to stock up there are always candle lanterns with a mirror to make the light have more force for reading and there are Alladin Kerosene lamps that also give of really good light for reading but are a little smelly if you are indoors. Since I lived off the grid for much of the 1980s I always had candle lanterns and kerosene lanterns for reading then.