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Out with the old: Traditional light bulbs will go away in 2014

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The 40 and 60 watt bulbs are being phased out under the Energy Independence and Security Act signed into law by president George W. Bush back in 2007. The 40 and 60 watt bulbs are being phased out under the Energy Independence and Security Act signed into law by president George W. Bush back in 2007.
LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -

It will soon be lights out for incandescent light bulbs.

A little known law will soon change how people light their home and business, as popular 40 and 60 watt bulbs will soon go out of production replaced by newer models designed to save money.

At the Westlake Ace Hardware in Lee's Summit, there are shelves and shelves of the newer energy efficient LED and compact fluorescent light bulbs.

But Paul Gordon passed them up in favor of the tried-and-true 60 watts that will soon be going away.

"I just wanted to get them before they're gone, because I'm really not sold on the new light bulbs, the curly q light bulbs, not sold on them at all," Gordon said.

The 40 and 60 watt bulbs are being phased out under the Energy Independence and Security Act signed into law by president George W. Bush back in 2007.

It was designed to reduce energy needed to power the bulbs while saving money on electric bills. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates lighting accounts for about 12 percent of a home energy bill.

For Glenn Meador, he has been using florescent bulbs for five years.

"When you look at the analysis of like years worth of electricity, it is kind of a no-brainer. Even though they cost $4 apiece, you save that much," Meador said.

Westlake Ace Hardware general manager Joe Blackshere said the disappearance of the standard models won't exactly leave consumers in the dark.

"A 13 watt would compare to a 60 watts.  You are using a lot less energy, and these bulbs will last a lot longer," Blackshere said.

But Gordon plans to stick with what is familiar until the lights in these bulbs permanently dim.

"Hopefully, maybe they'll come out with something or maybe they'll change the law," he said.

Although they are going out of production, light bulb manufacturers still have plenty of the traditional light bulbs in stock in their warehouses, and retailers will continue to sell them while supplies last.

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