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Do high-priced bulbs lead to big energy savings?

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In just four months, standard incandescent bulbs used in your home will start to become a thing of the past.

Manufacturers will stop producing 40 and 60 watt bulbs in January, part of a phase-out that began with the end of 75 and 100 watt bulbs this year.

Roquemore's Hardware store in Whitehouse said they are already in short supply and customers are not happy about the change.

"You have to break it to them gently," said Roquemore's employee Dalton Anderson. "Then you have to sell them a bulb that is three or four times more expensive than what they were thinking about getting."

It is something you will notice next time you are checking out. At Roquemore's, a four-pack of incandescent bulbs costs $2.80. To get four CFL bulbs, you will have to dish out $16.28. But experts said you would need five incandescent bulb to last as long as each CFL.

"Incandescent bulbs cost about $8.00 dollars a year to power," said Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman of Consumer Reports. "That's compared with only $1.70 for an LED or CFL."

"I could leave my front porch and back porch and two other lights on and it still would only be around 75 watts," Anderson said. "That is one incandescent bulb."

A lot of people complain about CFL bulbs having to heat up to reach full brightness when they turn it on. If you do not like waiting, you can spring for newer LED bulb technology. Those turn on instantly and last for up to 22 years, but they cost anywhere from $13 to $20 per bulb.

The initial sticker shock of newer bulbs is a lot to get over for some consumers.

"I prefer to use the old type of light bulbs," said Chandler resident David James. "It's a dollar or so, you throw it away and down the road we go."

"I think it's a good idea, but that doesn't pay the bills now," said Whitehouse resident Max Anderson.

But once you make the switch, Anderson predicts you will notice a big difference.

"You'll probably forget how to change light bulbs, because so long of a period goes between changing them," he said.

The changes take effect January 1, 2014. Until they run out, retailers may still have some stock of incandescent bulbs on store shelves after that date.

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