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Lights out: Incandescent bulbs soon to be a thing of the past

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Starting in 2014 you will no longer be able to by 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs Starting in 2014 you will no longer be able to by 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The lights are fading on something many of you have in your home and are using right now.

When the ball drops and calendar year turns over, incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured or sold in stores. The decision to phase these types of lights out is part of federal legislation passed in 2007, pushing for more energy efficient light sources.

Starting in 2014 you will no longer be able to by 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs. The government has already phased out higher wattage bulbs, and is urging people to use LED and Florescent bulbs instead. These bulbs will not only save you money, but help decrease the overall demand for energy.

According to a new survey conducted by Sylvania, less than half of American's know that incandescent bulbs will no longer be available starting in January. 

Specially made bulbs, like those found in ceiling fans, will still be available from manufacturers, but if you want to continue using 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs, you better stock up now, before the new year starts.    

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