Got incandescent light bulbs? Get ’em now, while you still can

On their way out …

Harrisonburg, VA’s WHSV reminds that incandescent light bulbs will be phased out starting January 1st:

Due to an energy law, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to make and distribute certain incandescent bulbs.

Production of 40 and 60-watt incandescent bulbs will be stopped Jan. 1. 2014, while manufacturers already stopped making the 75 and 100-watt bulbs at the beginning of 2013.

The incandescent bulbs are being replaced by LED, halogen, and CFL lights.

“The LEDs are a lot more energy efficient. They last 50,000 hours. They’ll last longer than most things do out there. They also produce a little bit better light and they’re instant on and they don’t flicker like the CFLs do,” said Scott Lanier, the assistant manager at The Home Depot in Harrisonburg .

He also said he’s seeing a lot of people stocking up on the incandescent light bulbs.

“People have been buying the 60s. Right now we’re selling the combo packs of the 60s for a good price. People are coming in and stocking up to get everything so when the light bulbs do go away, they have a mass quantity,” said Lanier.

As the article noted, technically the phase out has actually already started, as I’m sure many of you who have gone to try to find certain types of incandescent light bulbs have found out. I have a couple of three way lamps in my living room and it has become increasingly difficult to find bulbs for them – especially bulbs that don’t cost under $10 a piece.  In fact, I spent almost $9 on a 50/100/150 bulb at Walmart this past weekend, and Walmart is probably the best place to find bulbs at lower prices.   I’ll probably go on a “bulb search” for more later this week before they stop being made altogether, and will also snag some soft 60 watts along the way.

Y’all stocking up on incandescents?

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