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People Stock Up Before Light Goes Out On Incandescent Bulbs

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WMDT 47 NEWS - With the start of the new year will come new laws, and some, people are having a hard time accepting.

Come January 1st, folks in the US will have to say goodbye to an old friend...the incandescent light bulb.

It's the third and final phase of this part of the Energy Independence and Security Act, signed by President Bush back in 2007, mandating that low-efficiency light bulbs be gradually removed from production.

"I guess you always think '2014 is a long time away'," says one woman shopping at Rommel's ACE Hardware in Salisbury.  She was actually just one of a number of people stocking up on bulbs, in preparation.

WMDT ran into Jim Thompson, who said "this is the second time this week I've been in to pick these things up."

Thompson says he comes in and grabs as many boxes of bulbs as he can carry.  Why does he prefer them?  "Well, these...they're cheap, they're economical," he replies, but studies show switching to Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFC's) and LED or Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs will actually save you in the long run.

"You're probably going to get an eight year life span for one of those bulbs, and you're going to save yourself triple the amount on your bill."

According to a study from home improvement store Lowe's, Energy costs for LED added up to $30 over a bulb's 22-year life span, considerably less than the $165 over the same time period for a standard incandescent bulb.

Despite picking up standard bulbs from Walmart the day we spoke to him, those savings are enough to convince Rudy Hariman from Seaford, Delaware to make the switch.

"If it's worth the time...they last longer, than the more expensive's not bad," says Hariman.

Don't panic just yet, while the manufacturing* and importing of incandescent bulbs ends January 1st, they'll remain on store shelves until supplies are gone.

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