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Traditional light bulbs will soon be extinct

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Most people do not realize the 40 and 60 watt bulbs will soon be extinct. A survey by Ostram Sylvania shows six in 10 people have no idea these incandescent bulbs are being phased out starting next year.

So what can you use in its place? There are three types of bulbs. You can choose between the halogen, the CFL, and the LED.

President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act back in 2007, and over the past two years, the 100 and 75 watt bulbs have been phased out. Now the 40 and 60 watt bulbs will also be phased out because they are considered a waste of energy.

In fact, incandescent bulbs only convert five percent of the energy they use into light. The other 95% of the energy used by the bulb is converted into heat.

In place of the incandescent bulb, there are three basic options. The halogen bulb is considered the cousin to the incandescent, but uses 75% of the energy an incandescent uses. The light is a little more whitish than the yellow we’re used to.

Another option is the CFL bulb, which uses 25% of the same energy an incandescent uses, but some complain it is slow to turn on and hides the true colors in the room. Some don’t like the shape, but manufacturers are working on improving those deficiencies.

The LED is the best option because it only uses 16% of the energy an incandescent uses, and it has excellent color while lasting a sometimes decades. The problem is it’s really expensive, though some believe the price will slowly fall once incandescent bulbs are extinct.

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