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Energy efficient light bulbs start to phase in Jan. 1

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Starting Jan 1., two of the most popular kinds of light bulbs will start to be phased out.

The 60 and 40 Watt incandescent bulb will be eliminated because they don't meet new energy efficiency standards.

The federal government mandated bulbs sold after Jan. 1 need to be 28 percent more efficient.

Consumers will need to focus on Lumens when purchasing bulbs next year instead of Wattage.

"Lumens is the light output," said Sandy Friedman, owner of Accipiter Lighting."This light bulb uses 53 Watts but gives the equivalent of a 75 Watt light bulb."

Friedman said the technology to make light bulbs more efficient exists in several forms, like Light Emitting Diodes.

New bulbs, such as LED's, may cost more to buy but they save money as well as energy.

"This bulb [an LED] will cost you a $1 and two cents to run for a year," Friedman said. "And it'll run for 22 years."

Some consumers have been slowly making the switch to newer bulbs.

Rosilyn and Clifford Thomas have become more energy efficient in their home.

"We've been changing all along," Clifford Thomas said. "So, we don't have any of the old light bulbs in our home anymore."

A survey by light bulb maker Osram-Sylvania indicates  65 percent of Americans plan to switch to more energy efficient lighting technologies in the coming years.

Read the survey by Osram-Sylvania

Steve Sbraccia

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