Incandescent light bulbs stop production

Incandescent light bulbs stop production

It's lights out for America's most popular light bulbs. Starting Wednesday, the 60 watt and 40 watt incandescent light bulbs will be phased out as part of a 2007 energy efficiency law requiring bulbs meet higher efficiency standards.

Employees of Batteries Plus said energy-efficient bulbs have become more popular.

"The most important thing is there are options to convert to either halogens, compact fluorescents, or the leds. All these other bulbs will pretty much have the same amount of light, which is the lumens, but a lot less energy."

And a bigger price tag. A 60-watt incandescent light bulb is only 60-cents. A compact fluorescent light, or CFL, is $3.50, and a single light LED: $18, but high-efficiency bulbs last longer and are cheaper to operate. You would need 30 incandescent bulbs to last the 20-year lifetime of one LED. Operation costs for those two decades? Almost $200 for the incandescents, while the LED would cost just $21.

One customer said the new bulbs have made a difference in his power bill.

"If you just do some of them you don't see it, but if you start doing all your lights and you have a bigger home, it does help."