Incandescent light. It's been around since 1879, thanks to Thomas Edison. But starting January 1, 2014, all production of incandescent light bulbs will come to a screeching halt.
It all started in 2007 when President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act with hopes to lead to a phase out of higher wattage bulbs to lower ones, like CFLs and LEDs. But some consumers, like at Rocconi Ace Hardware in Iron Mountain, aren't too thrilled about the phase out.
â??I like the old ones,â?? said Gary Sparpana. â??Theyâ??re fine and the new ones are no better than the old ones, and they cost twice as much and they last just as long. Just another government thing telling us what to do again.â??
But the CFLs and LEDs do have some statistics to brag about. They claim to use about 75 percent less energy than a traditional bulb and last 10 to 25 times longer. Even though a normal 4-pack of incandescent bulbs runs for a little under $2.50 and one CFL bulb is about $6.50, manufacturers say the bulb can last five years which could eventually save up to $44 per bulb.
Some of TV6â??s Facebook followers shared their thoughts on the issue.
Michael Kanniainen wrote, â??CFL lights do not last 11 years; I have used them for several years now and I have not had one last longer than two years.â??
Harve Mil wrote, â??I picked up half a dozen â??Switchâ?? frosted LED bulbs and couldn't be happier. Iâ??m saving $10 a month on power since they're normally always on. Donâ??t get cheap LED bulbs.â??
According to NBC News, only 4 in 10 consumers are aware that 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be produced starting Wednesday. If you're one who likes the incandescent light, it may behoove you to stock up on what's left on store shelves. But if you're looking to more energy efficiency, this phase out may be to your advantage.