As part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, it will be illegal to import or manufacture 40 and 60 watt light bulbs, which are some of the most popular bulbs sold.
"This act is encouraging people to go to light bulb types that waste less heat" New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) spokesperson Dayle Zatlin said. Nearly 90 percent of the energy used by incandescent light bulbs is given off as heat instead of light.
With new, more energy efficient bulbs, the hope is that less energy will be wasted, which may lead to savings in the long run. However, it isn't easy to convince people to change their bulb-purchasing ways. An incandescent bulb may cost under a dollar to purchase, but newer high-efficiency CFL bulbs can cost a few dollars, while LED bulbs can cost as much as $20.
"Incandescent's are the least expensive to buy but they're the most expensive to own" Zatlin said. "Residential lighting contributes on average, 12 percent of a household's total electric consumption, so if you're going to reduce that consumption, you're going to have significant savings over time."
If you just can't stand the new light bulbs you may want to stock up now. You will still be able to buy 40 and 60 watt bulbs at many stores until the supply runs out.
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