January 1, 2012 marks the date the you will no longer be able to buy 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.  The "green" regulation that outlawed them will take effect as we welcome the new year.

It's part of the government's effort to move consumers away from inefficient energy-hog incandescents and toward energy-saving light sources, like compact fluorescent bulbs, halogen bulbs or LED (light emitting diode) bulbs.

You don't buy 100-watt bulbs you say?  The rest of the incandescents are also on their way out.

First to go are 100-watt incandescents, followed by 75-watt bulbs in 2013 and 60- and 40-watt bulbs in 2014.

The mandated move will cost you more - much more - when you go to buy light bulbs.

Lowe's also sells ultra-efficient LED bulbs, which might cause some sticker shock for first-time buyers.

A six-pack of 60-watt CFL bulbs sells for about $13; one 60-watt LED costs $19.32.

Meanwhile, the average 6-pack of incandescents goes for a dollar and some change.


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