LAWTON, Okla._ The days are numbered until some of the most popular incandescent light bulbs are off the shelves.
The phasing out of these energy-sucking bulbs started last year with the 100-watt bulb. Come Jan. 1 the sale and manufacturing of the 40- and 60-watt bulbs will cease.
This round of cuts will be the most significant, experts say, because the 60-watt bulb is one that people have come to use in so many situations.
As we make the transition, lighting professionals say this is the perfect opportunity to make the switch to more energy-efficient lighting, like compact florescent and LED bulbs.
"As human beings we all resist change so there's been some folks who want to hoard," says Lee Blevins of Batteries Plus Bulbs in Lawton.
Hoarding, however, is not the answer he gives as a solution moving into the future.
"Go ahead and spend a little bit of money now and buy lights that are going to save you a ton of money," says Blevins of the significant return energy-efficient lights have on their investment.
Incandescent bulbs retail for about $1 and cost the average consumer $7 in electricity throughout the year. An LED light costs about $20 but costs under $2 to operate per year and lasts for 20-25 years.
Not all models of the incandescent bulb will be outlawed. Some will stick around including some specialty lights and those fixtures used for heating.
One last money-saving tip is to check with area retailers for rebates, which electric companies like PSO in our area, are giving as an incentive for converting to energy-saving lights.