With energy efficiency becoming a national priority, traditional incandescent style light bulbs are scheduled to be phased out in the U.S.
Stores will phase out energy-guzzling 100 watt incandescent light bulbs beginning in January 2012. The following year, 75 watt incandescent bulbs will be phased out and in 2014, the remaining traditional 40 and 60 watt incandescents will head for extinction.
More energy efficient lighting choices, including halogen incandescents, compact fluorescents, and LEDs, will remain available.
These new light bulb standards will help the country meet energy efficiency targets approved in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The U.S. Department of Energy predicts that by 2015, the new lighting standards could save nearly $6 billion in energy costs annually.