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Making the Switch: Traditional 75-Watt Bulb Is the Next to Go

As of Sept. 30, 2012 it became illegal to import or manufacture the traditional 100-watt incandescent bulb. But stores can still sell what they have on the shelves. On Jan. 1, 2013 the same federal energy legislation passed in 2007 now covers a manufacturing and import ban on 75-watt incandescent bulbs. On Jan. 1, 2014 the most widely-sold wattage bulb -- the 60-watt -- will be on the way out, along with the 40-watt bulb. The law requires most bulbs to be 30 percent more efficient. The traditional bulbs are cheaper at 60 cents or so. CFLs are $3 or less per bulb, and halogens range from $4 to $6. LED's are $20 to $70 a bulb. The more energy-efficient bulbs last longer than traditional bulbs.