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In an effort to promote energy efficiency, traditional light bulbs are being phased out starting this past January and won’t be for sale anymore in a few years. According to USA Today, the first bulbs to completely disappear will be 100-watt incandescents, followed by 75-watt bulbs in January 2012, and 40- and 60-watt bulbs in 2014.

I honestly think this phase-out is a good thing: not only do the new bulbs use less energy and waste fewer precious resources, but they also cost less to use. Win-win in my book!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankLive and Learn-Toss and Turn says

    While I agree with the intent of phasing out incandescent bulbs, there are a couple of problems with a total phase out. The cycling of fluorescent bulbs causes migraines in many people. Not a fun thing, I know. Also, they haven’t figured out the mercury issue with their disposal. With that being said, CFL’s have come a long way and after an initial investment, they can save you money.

    • blankMichelle says

      I haven’t heard of the migraine issue before but I do know a lot of people are rightfully concerned with disposing of CFLs properly. Lots of places take them, though: Ikea, Lowes, Home Depots, Ace Hardware stores to name a few. You can read more about that here: http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflrecycling.html. I personally haven’t had one burn out yet. 🙂

  2. blankTerri says

    We’ve been gradually switching out our old bulbs and we love how easy it is to make such a difference in our eco footprint and long term savings!

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