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Phaseout leads to light bulb stockpiling

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The government begins its final phaseout of incandescent light bulbs at the start of the New Year. The government begins its final phaseout of incandescent light bulbs at the start of the New Year.
It's lights out for America's most popular light bulbs. The government begins its final phaseout of incandescent light bulbs at the start of the New Year.

The goal is to save energy, but not everyone is ready to pull the plug.

Mark Lewis, of Brandon, says he's no hoarder, except when it comes to incandescent light bulbs.

"I probably have 4-dozen bulbs," explained Lewis. "Some of my lamps don't take this fancy stuff, so I went ahead and stocked up for them."

The government started the light bulb phaseout in 2012 with 100-watt bulbs, then moved on to 75-watts this year. On January 1, all production of 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs will be forced to stop.

Stores can continue selling incandescent light bulbs until their supplies runs out. Home Depot is reporting higher than normal sales across the country.

"They want to know why the government is taking them off the market and we say, ‘well to save energy'," explained Larry Even.

It's Even's job, as department head of the electrical department at the Home Depot in Brandon, to teach customers the benefits of LED, halogen, and CFL bulbs since soon, they'll have no other choice.

Even says the initial cost of energy efficient bulbs is higher, but you'll actually save money in the long run because they last much longer than incandescent bulbs.

Customer Scott Wheeler says he'd like to make the lighting switch from the 19th century to the 21st, but newly designed bulbs won't fit in some of his appliances at home.

"Because they're phasing them out, we need to do some quick shopping and stock up for the next couple of years until they have those replacements," he said.

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