As the new year begins, the lights will be turned out on production of some bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs with 40-watt and 60-watt output ceased production as of yesterday.
The two types of bulbs join the 75 and 100-watt bulbs that were knocked off the production line over the past two years.
In 2007, President George W. Bush signed a federal energy bill to phase out all incandescent bulbs by 2014.
According to light bulb manufacturer Sylvania, four in ten consumers are unaware of the new law getting rid of incandescent bulbs.
The incandescent bulbs date back to their inventor, Thomas Edison, back in the nineteenth century. Experts say the bulbs are inefficient because 90-percent of the energy goes toward heat and 10-percent to light.
The experts say newer, energy-efficient bulbs will cost consumers more, but the bulbs also last longer and can save on energy costs in the long run. Retail stores are still allowed to sell the remaining stock of incandescent bulbs.
L-E-D bulbs will cost consumers the most at the store, but will save on an energy bill. L-E-D bulbs run between $10 and $20. Fluorescent bulbs are a cheaper alternative to the L-E-D. These bulbs are described as good with ceiling fans, which can handle vibrations well. The other option is to stay with incandescent bulbs until the stock runs out. That option is still the cheapest at the cash register, but will cost the most on an energy bill.