Retailers to Phase out 75 Watt Incandescent Light Bulbs

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Retailers will begin phasing out 75 watt incandescent light bulbs this month. As of January 1, 2013 stores will still be able to sell their current stock of those bulbs, but will not be able to order or import 75 watt incandescent bulbs.

Last year, 100 watt bulbs were taken off the market. And next January, 60 and 40 watt bulbs will be taken off the market.

The change follows a 2007 energy act stipulating that most screw-in bulbs must use at least 27 percent less energy by 2014.

Consumers can now choose between CFL-compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED- light emitting diode light bulbs. Most cost more than incandescent, but will save consumers money in energy costs.

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