Incandescent Light Bulbs Will Soon Burn Off The Shelf
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Gainesville has earned a reputation for being "green."
Now Gainesville is getting a reputation for seeing the light.
It lit up the world for more than a century, made bedtime stories possible, and helped us find items in dark, messy closets.
But now, the incandescent light bulb is no more.
With the ringing in of the new year, some of the most popular light bulbs used in homes will soon disappear from store shelves for good.
The manufacture of the incandescent light bulb is prohibited, starting today.
"I've followed the change in efficiency from the incandescents, particularly the heat. In Florida, I meant, the heat is a real killer," said Gainesville Resident Mike Brennan.
In 2007 President George W. Bush signed a law to replace standard incandescents with more efficient bulbs.
But many North Central Florida residents have already made that change.
"Gainesville is one of the top 50 markets in the nation as far as switching over already," said Home Depot's Department Supervisor, Keith Bellissimo.
The Environmental Protection Agency says about only ten percent of the energy these traditional bulbs use is for light.
And with more efficient bulbs in the shelves, it's no wonder why people are buying them.
"I like the LED bulbs because they burn very cool, and in Florida, of course it doesn't make much sense to have the hot light bulb when you're trying to cool the house off," said Gainesville Resident, Pat Sucher. "So I like the LED ones a lot."
"I've bought them before," says Frank Owens of Gainesville. "I mean, we like them better. They last longer, they're just as bright , they're energy saving."
Replacing these incandescent light bulbs in store shelves are these LED bulbs and these compact fluorescent, known for their coil shape.
"You'll see the 60's and 40's begin to disappear. The 100 watts are already gone and as we run out of inventory, you'll just see the CFL's and LED options," said Bellissimo.
The LED's and CFL's are more expensive than the incandescent bulb-- some as much as 30-dollars-- but they are designed to last much longer.
"When you look at the price difference, it pays for itself over a year. And then it last at least ten years. So the LED is definitely the way to go," says Bellissimo. "Both options last longer than your traditional incandescent light bulbs."
You aren't supposed to throw away the new light bulbs.
Residents can recycle their duds by bringing them to some retailers or to the county Hazardous Waste Collection Center.
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