US government to complete phase out of incandescent light bulbs

The days of the incandescent light bulb are numbered as the U.S. government continues with its process to phase them out.

Stan Swearingen manager of Timeless Designs said the phase out of incandescent light bulbs started with the 100 watt in 2012, and as of Jan. 1, 2014 it will be illegal for American businesses to import or manufacture these bulbs. However, Swearingen said there are still plenty of options for consumers.

"In order to replace those the customer has the choice of either going with a compact fluorescent bulb, which is the spiral fluorescent, a new eco halogen bulb or the upcoming bulbs that are starting to hit the industry are the LED lights," Swearingen said.

Although consumers have multiple options, the options are not cheap.

"For example a standard incandescent bulb you might buy for 50, 60 cents a light bulb." Swearingen said. "The compact fluorescent bulb you're probably going to buy for 3 or 4 dollars a bulb."

Assistant Store Manager Nathan Allison said Home Depot is working one-on-one with LED manufacturers to get prices as affordable for its customers before incandescent bulbs are no longer an option.

"Home Depot has been working diligently with its lighting manufacturers to offer innovative and cost saving alternative light bulbs well before the announcement of the phase out," Allison said.

For now, stores will sell only what's in stock.

"We still do have some incandescent bulbs and we'll continue to sell them as long as our inventory allows," Allison said.

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