GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. During the last few years standard incandescent light bulbs have been in the process of being phased out. This year incandescent 60 and 40 watt bulbs will no longer be manufactured. First, it was 100 watt bulbs and last year, companies stopped making incandescent 75 watt bulbs.
These changes are going into effect due to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Stores will still have plenty of the 40 and 60 watt bulbs left on their shelves. Employees at Sutherlands say the companies made enough of the light bulbs to keep stores stocked for possibly as much as a full year. Even though the bulbs on the shelves are not the last ones left people have started to stock up.
"By in large I don't think most people are aware or have just gotten use to the fact that there's going to be other alternatives out there that are going to work ok all be it a little higher up front cost," says Larry Benson, Sutherlands store manager.
The newer LED light bulbs do cost more up front but over one year they can save up to $6 for each bulb.