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Lights Out for Incandescents; Are Your Ready?

NATIONWIDE-- A new ban on bulbs starts in just days. The question is, are you in the dark about the latest phase-out of incandescents?
NATIONWIDE-- A new ban on bulbs starts in just days. The question is, are you in the dark about the latest phase-out of incandescents? New federal laws requires all light bulbs to use 25% less energy by 2014. That means that by January 1st, it's lights out on the bulbs' production. So, they're only available at stores while supplies last and customers are stocking up.

"We have a lot of people who like the old bulbs and they'll come in and buy up to hoard them I guess," says ACE Hardware's Tim Turner. Home Depot's Ed Verrette says, "they're buying carts, they're actually stock-piling."

We're told many people are still unaware of the bulb ban or the reasons behind it. Here's a breakdown; the old incandescent bulbs are expected to last about nine months, according to the manufacturer. But their new LED counterpart is expected to last more than 22 years. As the phase-out continues, we're expected to use at least 65% less energy by 2020.

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