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For traditional bulbs, it’s lights out

By Lauren Maxwell 9:14 PM December 17, 2013

The bulbs aren't energy efficient, according to the federal government

ANCHORAGE - Light bulbs as we know them are disappearing. The traditional incandescent light bulb Thomas Edison made famous will soon be no more.

That’s because the bulbs aren’t energy efficient, the federal government said. Jan. 1 is the day manufacturers will no longer make the 40 and 60-watt bulbs, and 75 and 100-watt bulbs are already gone. Stores will be allowed to sell the stock they have on hand, but won’t be able to order more.

Stores like Home Depot are stocking up on newer bulbs that are more energy efficient but also more expensive. The savings, according to Tudor store Assistant Manager Steven Hope, come with longevity.

“Everybody wants to save money,” Hope said. “So if we can show them a way to save money and have a better product that will last longer, I think that’s what the consumer is looking for.”

New compact fluorescent bulbs cost a little more than traditional bulbs and last longer as well. LED bulbs last a lot longer, but the cost is considerably higher.

A single LED bulb could run as high as $20, but might not need replacing for ten years. LED bulbs can pay for themselves in energy savings in about three years, according to energy specialists.

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