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Light bulb phase out turns general consumers into hoarders

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The government started the phase out in 2012 with the 100-watt bulbs, then moved on to 75-watt bulbs this year; it is all in an effort to save energy. The government started the phase out in 2012 with the 100-watt bulbs, then moved on to 75-watt bulbs this year; it is all in an effort to save energy.

(WMC-TV) - America's favorite light source will soon be off the shelves.

Consumers have been warned for years that it was coming; now when current supplies are gone you will no longer be able to get your hands on incandescent bulbs.

The government's incandescent light bulb phase out has made hoarders out of everyday Americans.

"I probably have four dozen bulbs," said shopper Mark Lewis.

Lewis is stocking up so when stocks at stores run out, he can still use his favorite light source—that is while his stockpile lasts.

As of New Year's Day the bulbs are no longer being manufactured and importing them is not allowed. Now the 40-watt and 60-watt varieties are in high demand at home goods stores like Home Depot.

"Because they're phasing them out, we need to do some quick shopping and stock up for the next couple of years until they have those replacements," said shopper Scott Wheeler.

It is Larry Even's job, as department head of the electrical department, to teach customers the benefits of their light options, which include LED, Halogen, and CFL bulbs.

"[The shoppers] want to know why the government is taking them off the market and we say, well to save energy," he said. "And these light bulbs will last anywhere from 20 years to 25 years."

That is the benefit to customers. The negative is they cost more initially.

"Some of my lamps don't take this fancy stuff, so I went ahead and stocked up for them," said Lewis, discussing another downfall.

The government started the phase out in 2012 with the 100-watt bulbs, then moved on to 75-watt bulbs this year; it is all in an effort to save energy.

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