Buy, Buy Bulbs, Before They Go Bye, Bye!

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Light BulbIf you didn’t realize that 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs were being phased out this year, you’re not alone.

A survey by lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania reveals that 60 percent of Americans are unaware that as of now, these bulbs cannot be produced or imported to the U.S. as part of a law signed by then-President George W. Bush in 2007 to switch to more energy-efficient lighting.

It means before long, 60- and 40-watt light bulbs, which are popular in homes, will go the way of 100- and 75-watt bulbs that were phased out over the past two years.

Strangely, despite their ignorance about the lower watt bulbs, about two-thirds of those polled in November said they knew about the overall switch to lighting that is more efficient and ultimately cheaper to use even if it costs more than traditional bulbs.

Meanwhile, Americans are not going down without a fight. The Osram Sylvania survey says that 30 percent plan on buying as many 60- and 40-watt light bulbs as they can find before they disappear forever.

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