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Lights Out For The Incandescent Bulb

The majority of Americans are still in the dark when it comes to the phase out of incandescent light bulbs.
The majority of Americans are still in the dark when it comes to the phase out of incandescent light bulbs.

Starting January 1st light bulb manufacturers will end production of the 60 and 40 watt bulbs. A new survey cites Rochesterians are among the top 50 cities in the country to adopt the more energy-efficient bulbs. Rochester proved it is ahead of the curve when it comes to making the switch to energy saving light bulbs.

"Some of these bulbs are LED bulbs, which are 85 watt and use 85% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb," Assistant Store Manager at The Home Depot in Penfield Mike Denison said. "And the great thing about an LED bulb is that it lasts up to 23 years or 25,000 hours."

Governments around the world have passed measures to phase out the traditional bulb but not everyone thinks it's a bright idea.

"I'm just looking to stock up," shopper Mike Sullivan said. "I was reading in the paper how they are looking to get rid of all these lower end ones because they give off too much heat but I still use them. I will just stock up so I have some."

The phase-out began in 2012 when manufacturers stopped producing the 100 watt incandescent bulb. That's when the light went on for Maurice Demay. He placed solar panels in his home and is slowly replacing all his bulbs.

"I'm looking for something economical to run," Demay said. "We leave it on all the time. It's in the corner of the kitchen where it is sort of dark so I feel as though I need a little more. I want to keep a light on constantly but still conserve on electricity."

It won't be an option soon. Once the supply is gone, it's lights out for the incandescent bulb.

"What a person has to remember is these bulbs last much longer than a regular incandescent, so you are not really spending any more money" Denison said. "You're actually saving money because they are energy efficient and they last much longer."
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