BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Incandescent light bulbs are another step closer to lights out. January 1, 2013 begins the second phase to rid the U.S. of 75 watt bulbs.
Last year 100 watt bulbs were taken off the market. Energy efficiency is the name of the game. Under federal law, 75 watt bulbs will no longer be produced or imported.
However, retailers can continue to sell the stock on hand. It's part of the Energy and Independence Security Act passed in 2007. The act stipulates that most screw-in bulbs must use at least 27% less energy by 2014.
There are alternative replacements. CFL-Compact fluorescent light bulbs have been around for a while, but users complain that they take too long to warm up. There are also LED's, Light Emitting Diode bulbs. They come in all shapes and wattage.
"There are replacement for virtually for every kind of light bulb in the house whether it's for lamps or ceiling fixtures. All of the options are available in CFL and LED's, " said Al Richbourg, Department Supervisor with Home Depot in Beaverton.
Making the switch from incandescent to CFL or LED is expensive. But prices are starting to drop and experts say they will save consumers money in the long run.
Phase three, the final phase, happens next new years day. In Jan of 2014 traditional 60 and 40 watt bulbs will be on their way out.