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      Lights out for incandescent bulbs

      Across the country, the incandescent light bulb will soon only be a memory. Manufacturers will be pulling the plug on production of the bulbs by January 1, 2014. Retailers are already offering two alternatives, CFL bulbs and LED bulbs. Both are more expensive than incandescent ones but can offer big savings in the long run.

      "We have the LED light bulbs which are going to be a big long-term saver for you, and then we have the CFL lights as well which is going to be a less expensive option, but at the same time, you're going to get 11 years out of them, whereas if you do the LED, you're looking at getting 20 years out of your light bulb," said Klint Miller, Pro Services Sales Specialist at Lowe's Home Improvement.

      Lowe's in Marquette Township says they expect to still have the incandescent bulbs until about mid-spring. Some local power companies offer rebates and other incentives for those who are looking to switch to the new bulbs.