While many of us bristle at the thought of another government mandate, the switch to low-energy bulbs is one we can live with.
Beginning this year, commonly used incandescent light bulbs will begin to be phased out, starting with the 100-watt variety. Next year will see the end of the 75-watt bulb and in 2014, 60-watt and 40-watt bulbs will be no more.
Instead, consumers will have to make the switch to halogen, fluorescent or solid state bulbs. These types of bulbs use less energy, but often cost more and some consumers have criticized the bulbs for being less bright than traditional bulbs. But in recent years, the new bulbs have improved and their cost has come down, making them a good choice all the way around.
Some have said they will stock up on the old bulbs and local stores have said they will continue to sell the traditional bulbs as long as supplies last. But eventually, all of us will have to make the switch to new, low-energy light bulbs and in the end, we think the switch will be easier than many think.
For those who already made the switch, we applaud you. For those still resisting the idea, you still have some time to warm up to the concept, but the change is inevitable.