Published: Dec 27, 2011 9:43 PM EST
Updated: Dec 27, 2011 11:43 PM EST

LEEE COUNTY, Fla.- The new year begins in just a few days, and with it comes a new law on light bulbs in this country. The government is trying to encourage more energy-efficient bulbs. But some Southwest Floridians prefer the incandescent bulbs.

"They see light bulbs as an investment. They just want to screw in a bulb and they want light," said Jack Lurie of Tropical Hardware in Fort Myers.  

He says people are stock-piling the old incandescents, for fear of not being able to buy them in the future.

A law passed in 2007 says manufacturers must phase out the 100-watt bulbs in 2012, or make them much more energy-efficient.  

Bulb makers will have to do away with other watt bulbs in coming years.

"I don't like it one bit. If they have a new product, then put it out there and let us decide whether to buy it. But don't tell us, you have to do this. That is government intrusion," said Patty Eppler of Fort Myers. "I prefer the incandescents and I will stay with them as long as I can."

The government would like people to use the compact flourescent lights, CFL's, or the light-emitting diodes, known as LED's.  

Donna Croddy of Lee Lighting told WINK News: it is time for a change to a better technology than incandescents.  

"That is a 135-year-old technology. It's time. God bless Thomas Edison, but it's time," she said.