Phasing Out Incandescent Lights

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — It’s going to soon be lights out for 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs.

The government passed a clean energy bill in 2007 to start phasing the bulbs out from 2012 to 2014. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, they’ll no longer be manufactured.

Lighting professionals at Jerry’s in Springfield say the old bulbs were inefficient and there are now better options.

“What’s nice with the new energy efficient bulb is–and we’ll use a 100-watt bulb as an example–is that it’s only pulling 72 watts. So when we have a fixture that’s rated for 75 and we had the old 100-watt bulb safely we would not use a 100 watt bulb in it, but we know can put that 100-watt equivalent light bulb in that fixture,” said Cindy Hall, Lighting Department Merchant.

The bulbs are not illegal. They can still be sold and bought as long as they’re available.

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