As of this coming Wednesday (January 8th), it will be illegal for companies in the US to manufacture or import 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs thanks to former President George W. Bush, who signed the Energy Independence & Security Act (a federal mandate regarding efficiency standards) in 2007. 75-watt and 100-watt bulbs have already been phased out. It should be noted, however, that the law does not affect candelabra light bulbs, 150-watt bulbs or 3-way incadescents.
Although the new standards are meant to reduce the amount of electricity needed to power lights and reduce electric bills, it also means an end to inexpensive lightbulbs, although choices such as LED bulbs (illuminated by light-emitting diodes) can last as long as 23 years according to Terry McGowen, director of engineering for the American Lighting Association, who added that people will still be able to buy halogen bulbs. Another choice now available are those spiral CFL’s (compact fluorescent lightbulbs), which are also long-lasting and use less energy and can last up to 9 years.
Note: People currently using incandescent bulbs can continue to do so, but will not be able to buy new ones once they burn out.