LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Beginning New Year's Day, companies will no longer manufacture the traditional 60 and 40 watt incandescent light bulbs.
The market is moving toward more enegry efficient options, although they will cost more up front.
Michael Russ is head of the lighting department at Home Depot in Fort Myers. He says, "if I can convince them to take a small leap to an LED product, I always do." A LED light can cost about $12 but last for 10 years. "Absolutely the money is worth it and the energy savings are immediate," he says. "You have a maintenance free product you don't have to worry about changing out."
CFL light bulbs are also a popular option. They can run about $6 for a pack of four, and each bulb will last about a year. Picking the right bulb depends on how much money you want to spend up front, and how often you want to change the light bulbs.
If you use a dimmer switch with your lights, LEDs are the best option. The stores will continue to sell the older lights, but once they are out of stock, they won't be brought back.