New light bulbs more expensive but energy-efficient

Created: 01/02/2014 6:30 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Turn out the lights, the party's over.

It's time to flip the "off" switch for the old-fashioned incandescent light bulb. It's now illegal to manufacture or import them all across the country, with the federal government insisting on modern energy-efficient light sources like compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and LEDs.

60 watt and 40 watt incandescent bulbs are rapidly joining their 100 watt and 75 brothers on the road to extinction, replaced by bulbs that use 75 to 85 percent less energy. They are more expensive, however. On a shopping trip to Lowe's on Thursday morning, we bought eight old-fashioned incandescent bulbs for $2.98 and eight CFLs for $17.56.  The old style bulbs cost 37 cents apiece. The new ones cost $2.19 each.

"They're more expensive, but they'll outlast me lifestyle-wise," said Lowe's customer Jack Bartberger. "You've got to blow some money up front but you'll maybe never have to change that bulb again and the ones I saw on TV were pretty impressive."

Arturo Ibarra was on his way into the store to price the new bulbs. He wasn't sure what he would find.

"I don't know the price but I'm going to check right now," Ibarra said. "I don't know. It could be $20"

When we told him we bought eight for $17 he said it sounded like a deal.

"That's not too bad," Ibarra said. "It's a good price, a good price for saving energy."

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