It's lights out for incandescent bulbs in the new year, as federal rules aimed at improving the efficiency of light bulbs goes into effect New Year's Day.
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As of Jan. 1, 75-watt and 100-watt incandescent bulbs will be effectively eliminated from store shelves, with 40-watt and 60-watt versions to follow Dec. 31, 2014.
However, the industry can continue to ship the banned bulbs as long as they were manufactured before Jan. 1, 2014.
But the improved efficiency will cost you.
While the soon-to-be-discontinued incandescent bulbs run at $.60 a piece, halogen bulbs cost more than three times that. Compact fluorescent lights will cost you from $2.50 to $4 and the long lasting LEDs, $19.99.
An increase in supply and demand, could mean cheaper, more developed bulbs in the long run, said Wayne Edwards with Electro-Federation Canada.
'I think these Halogen replacements are a stop gap measure. And LED's are what's going to drive the future.'
Some consumers, caught off guard, are wondering if they have to change fixtures and sockets, said Tim Pasma, who works at Park Lighting, one of Edmonton's oldest lighting stores.
'We're trying to educate them that — that's not the case," he said. "We have replacement bulbs with the same base."