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Say goodbye to traditional light bulbs

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 - 01:05

Dec. 31 - Ban on incandescent light bulbs begins in New Year, federal law is forcing manufacturers to stop making 40 and 60 watt bulbs. Linda So reports.

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Those traditional light bulbs we're all used to seeing will begin to disappear from store shelves in the New Year. A new federal law takes effect January 1st that requires manufacturers to stop making the 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs. It's all aimed at improving energy efficiency and cutting down on pollution. SOUNDBITE: KIT KENNEDY, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, SAYING: "The old fashioned incandescent bulb actually wastes 90% of the energy it uses. Instead of going to light, it goes to waste heat and that means there's a lot more power plant pollution and it also means that we pay more on our utility bills." While the more energy efficient bulbs last longer and use less energy, they will cost you more. SOUNDBITE: CRAIG COWIE, BALLER HARDWARE STORE MANAGER, SAYING: "A customer is going to pay anywhere from 2 to 4 times as much than they may have been accustom to." But homeowners who have already made the switch say it's worth the cost. SOUNDBITE: DAN HERSH, HOMEOWNER SAYING: "I think it's the cheapest thing you can implement as a homeowner that would drop your energy bill. If they're using one fourth the energy to produce the same amount of light, that's significant savings." Stores will be allowed to sell the old incandescent lights until they run out.

Say goodbye to traditional light bulbs

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 - 01:05

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