U.S. Switches Off Sales Of Incandescent Light Bulbs
Starting Jan. 1, 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs will be phased out of the marketplace thanks to new energy efficiency regulations.By Matt Picht | December 13, 2013
Sorry, Mr. Edison. Those incandescent bulbs you designed had a good run, but after almost 140 years they're on their way out the door.
Traditional 40- and 60-watt bulbs are being phased out of the market because they don't meet the efficiency regulations of a federal law passed in 2007. Those bulbs will no longer be legally manufactured or imported after the law goes into effect. (Via Discovery, KCOY)
When the consequences of the 2007 law came to light in 2011, conservative lawmakers and pundits fought for the incandescent bulb's survival, blasting the government for overregulation. Some took the campaign more seriously than others. (Via CNN)