New law bans some light bulb production

PHOENIX - If you think you've been seeing fewer of those old school light bulbs on store shelves--you're right.

The light bulb as we know it is done.

The phaseout of incandescent bulbs began last year, with the 100 and 75 watt lights.

Beginning January 1 of this year, 40 and 60 watt bulbs are making an exit as well, thanks to some 2007 legislation that prohibits the manufacturing and importing of most incandescent lights in the U.S.

The traditional light bulb has been around for more than one hundred years. But the government claims that they aren't energy efficient enough.

Newer inventions like those curvy Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) are considered better for the environment.

But Roger Gabel with Home Depot said not everyone is convinced.

"A lot of people don't like the color, they don't like the light it gives off, they don't like the shape, the weird thing," said Gabel.

If you just can't get past the look of the CFLs, you can try led lights.

Some are made to look like regular light bulbs but they'll cost you--anywhere from $9 to $20.

But both use less electricity than a normal bulb and are supposed to last for years.

So if you want the traditional bulbs stock up now, but not all are going away.

Some candelabra bulbs, three-way bulbs, and specialty appliance bulbs will remain the same.

And my guess is now that LED bulbs are gaining popularity, you'll see even lower prices on CFLs

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