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Light bulb laws sparking debate over old versus new


It's out with the old and in with the new for light bulbs. Starting January 1, light bulb companies will not be allowed to manufacture 40 or 60 watt incandescent light bulbs as part of a new federal mandate to conserve energy.

This new rule has some East Texans lit up, but others say it's a bright idea. The light aisles are dimming across U.S. hardware stores, but David Roquemore, owner of Roquemore Hardware in Whitehouse, says this is a good thing for consumers.

"I think it's a good thing because the new LEDs use so much less power," he said.

The proof is in the labels. An incandescent bulb would cost you an average $8.43 per year. That same LED bulb would cost you just $2.41.

"The LEDs are more like a long term investment so you're pretty much just paying up front for long term use," Roquemore said.

The original price can be blinding. A couple dollars for the old versus nearly 15 for a new one. But, you're paying for 27 years of light, according to the package, versus just a few months on the old one.

"No, they're not as good as they're cracked up to be," Marlyn Canfield, a customer at Roquemore who is angry about the mandate, said.

He doesn't buy it and he won't buy them!

"I don't like them," he said, "after, you know, 75 years of the old ones, it's hard to break in on the new ones."

Some stores have stocked up on old lights for those who just can't part with the traditional.

"I won't stock up, I'll just keep going the best I can," he said, "I haven't got that much longer to go so I don't worry about stocking up."

Others are welcoming the new lights and their energy saving ways.

"It's a good thing," Joe Tomlin, another customer at Roquemore, said, "It saves power on the whole country and that's what they're after, to cut back on the power."

This means you can keep the lights on longer for less.

100 watt and 75 watt bulbs have already been phased out. It will still be possible to buy incandescent bulbs, but they will be more energy efficient to meet the new requirements.

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