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Incandescent light bulbs stop on New Year's Day

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The government is turning off the lights when it comes to those inexpensive 60 and 40-watt bulbs. On New Year's Day, 2014, incandescent lights will no longer be manufactured in the United States. Already, Michiana residents stocking up before they're all gone.

Steve Madou was spotted at the Mishawaka ACE Hardware stocking up on 60-watt bulbs.  "I heard I won't be able to get them anymore. I've got several rental properties and I'm going to stock up on them. For one thing, they're cheaper, and I think they're a lot brighter," he says.

The federal government flips the switch January 1st on U.S. manufacturing of 40 and 60 watt bulbs. Now,  your only options are CFL and LED light bulbs. But, Casey Reynolds at Batteries plus Bulbs in Mishawaka urges you keep an open mind about the change. While the new bulbs cost more at the register, retailers expect homeowners to save billions in the long run with LED and CFL. "You can reduce energy consumption, plus save money in the long run. People are really scared about what the prices cost. They automatically assume that we're being pushed into something that we can't handle. When really and truly, if they would just give it some time and some thought, and a little bit of research, LED is the best way for them," says Reynolds.
    
Reynolds says 60-watt bulbs can last you about 2 years, whereas the LED lights can shine up to about 22 years! Michiana residents; however, still aren't plugged in to the idea of an increase in price up front. Normally, 40 to 60 watt bulbs can cost as low as 50 cents. Some of the lower prices for LED lights are around 7 dollars. At the Mishawaka ACE Hardware, they're used to selling just the incandescent lights. So once the 40 and 60 watt bulbs are gone, they're gone for good.

But there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for people who can't live without incandescent light bulbs. Mishawaka ACE Hardware owner Dan Brenneman says they will still be manufactured overseas. "A lot of bulbs right now are made overseas," he says.  Brenneman says It will depend on the quality of the bulb and the marketability for those kinds of bulbs, if there even is still a call for 40 and 60 watt bulbs.

Brenneman says the transition will be an adjustment, but LED and CFL lights WILL save you money and energy in the long run.

Remember if you're replacing light-bulbs and you're getting rid of CFL's, you cannot simply toss them in the trash. CFL bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, that when thrown in to landfills, could cause environmental hazards. CFL bulbs should be dropped off at the St. Joe County Solid Waste Management Facility on 5th Street, or they can be returned to your local hardware store.

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