New Year Means New Light Bulb Rules Across U.S.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The New Year means big changes to how you will be lighting up your home, as new federal regulations mean the end to old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs in favor of newer, more energy-efficient bulbs.

Beginning on Sunday, manufacturers began phasing out incandescent bulbs in favor of fluorescent and LED bulbs as part of new guidelines calling for light bulbs that are at least 25 percent more efficient. The phase-out begins immediately with the end of 100-watt bulbs, which no longer meet energy efficiency guidelines.

The complete switchover will take place over the course of the year, and while the LED and fluorescent bulbs are noticeably more expensive, the U.S. Department of Energy says that updating 15 bulbs in your home could save you about $50 a year.

The federal regulations were signed into law in 2007 by former President George W. Bush.

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