Well it’s LIGHTS OUT for the 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs. The U.S stopped producing the lightbulbs on January 1st as part of the 2007 energy efficiency law signed by former President George Bush. Todd Pelletier, the manager of the S.W. Collins store in Caribou says,
” Basically the incandescent bulb uses 90 percent of it’s energy is used up in heat, and doesn’t produce that much light. So they are changing that into using more energy efficient lightbulbs.”
Stores are allowed to continue carrying the 40 and 60 watts until they are sold out. After that, they will no longer sell them. Other bulbs that can be used as alternatives are the CFL’s or Compact Fluorescent bulbs, the LED bulbs, and Halogens.
“Your upfront cost on an LED or a Halogen bulb is a little bit more money, but over a span of 20-25 years, an LED bulb will last that long, where an incandescent you know a couple years you are changing the light bulb. So upfront cost is a little more, but long term you’re actually saving money, ” says Pelletier
LED’s, Halogens, and CFL’s use 25 to 80 percent less energy than an incandescent. By phasing out all the incandescent lightbulbs, the government is hoping to shrink it’s carbon footprint.