2014 means lights out for incandescent bulbs

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Submitted: Wed, 01/01/2014 - 4:53am
Updated: Wed, 01/01/2014 - 1:59pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Come tomorrow, the federal government is flipping the switch on the incandescent light bulb.

By law, the production of the bulbs must stop across the country, so it’s lights out for 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs.

“I do plan on switching to LEDs very soon,” said Brian Callahan, General Manager at Batteries Plus Bulbs in Wilmington.

Over the last two years US companies starting phasing out incandescents starting with the 100-watt bulb followed by the 75-watt bulb. The government wants consumers to choose energy-efficient ways to light their homes, like fluorescents or halogens.

“This pulls 60 watts, which is half of an amp,” licensed electric contractor Marty Kalnen said of an old-school incandescent bulb. “This (fluorescent bulb) only pulls a quarter of an amp, so it gives you real good light.”

A fluorescent light bulb will cost you a bit more cash than an incandescent, but experts say your electric bill will go down.

“It’s that low-energy consumption of wattage that is saving you that electric cost per kilowatt,” Callahan said.

Consumers will still be able to buy incandescents until stores’ inventories run out.

“We have about 7,000 available in our warehouse, so if you are stockpiling them, we can get you as many as you need,” said Christina Child of Hudson’s Hardware in Wilmington.

That means Thomas Edison’s spark of genius will continue to burn even after the ban.

Experts say incandescent lights only give off the standard soft white color while alternative lighting allows for different color temperatures.

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20 Comments on "2014 means lights out for incandescent bulbs"

2015 years 8 months ago

them new flouresent lights are a bunch of peices of el JUNKO and are prolly made in tiajuana, thanks alot to them libber dumbocrats who thought that idea up, they had them normal bulbs for like 100 years since tommy edison invented them and they worked fine but them dumbocrats think they can make some el dinero’s by changing things, i bet borat heussein moojambo still has them normal bulbs in his house, typical hippocrite and to all you libbers who dont like it you can kiss my buttocks i am a teabagger and proud of it so shut your pie holes!!!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

At the request of big business, I guess banning the lowly, cheap lightbulb became a priority over our health and environment. Stockpile incandescents and when that is done, move on to newcandescents.

Anna Lever
2015 years 8 months ago

I think that it should be outlawed to only sell these so called energy savers. As alot of parents out there worry about there kids geting hurt on the play ground or eating something they shouldnt. Me and my husband worry about are daughter and her phisical well being because with this dumb goverment idea to sell energy bulbs that is also floresents are daughter has a rare but posibly deadly skisn disorder causing her extream pain. She cant be in derect sun light rays, uv or floresent light, or heat over 80°. The disorder is called Solar Urticarea. Her skin will blister and her blood start to boil. Like puting ur whole body in a pot of bubbling oil.oh by the way daughter is only four. So you tell me what is fair now people cant even buy a light bulb with out the goves two cent wtfh! Write me on my fb page Anna Lever

2015 years 8 months ago

He’s spent all his time in office screwing it up even more. Bush was not a good president by any stretch of the imagination, but Obama is worse.

2015 years 8 months ago

As I stated, “Energy efficient- Good Idea,” the implementation is poor. Goes along the same lines as insurance for all, good idea, crap for implementation-Obummercare!!
I do not umderstand your line of thinking! We should not be forced into spending more money for something that just does not work as it is supposed to!!! OH Wait!! Am I talking about light bulbs or The AHA??
Do not just believe the crap being force fed us by the special interest (read LIBTARDS) groups that support this trash pile of an administration that is in the White House.
Darn!! You got me good!!! Another classic Lib trick!! Divert the argument when you are losing it!!! HA!!
These bulbs cost us more money! Do not last as long as claimed!! Have off color lighting!!! Are slow to come on!!!! Contain mercury that poisons the land they are disposed in!!!!!