SEATTLE - The new year ushers in a new era in home lighting in the U.S. After January 1, manufacturers can no longer make 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs. They do not meet new energy efficiency standards. The 75 and 100 watt bulbs were already banned. That leaves consumers with three basic options; Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), light emitting diode (LED), or Halogen lights.

Seattle resident Chuck Hall said he was on orders from his wife to buy up hundreds of the old incandescent bulbs before they disappear from store shelves. He said they were already gone from one major home improvement store he visited today but he has been able to buy at least 200 of them so far.

I haven t done the math but I plan to buy enough for five years, so I am not done, said Hall as he left a store with his arms full of cartons.

Stores like Lowe s, Home Depot and others are posting advice in their lighting aisles for customers who don t know which technology is best to replace their incandescents. Consumers can also find plenty of information on line.

But some say the incandescent bulbs have been dependably lighting up their homes for generations and they are not prepared to give them up.

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