MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The start of 2012 means everyone will eventually have to make the switch from using traditional 100 watt bulbs to turning on more energy efficient bulbs in their homes. You may have a choice between the two now, but your time is running out.
The government is still going back and forth on "if" and "when" to enforce an official ban on incandescent bulbs. But many manufacturers are saying lights out to the 100 watt incandescent light bulbs, so in 2012 they're stopping production. Manufacturers seem to be moving forward with it to invest in newer sources of light—like the Halogen, CFL, and LED bulbs you now see more of in stores. Which means for a lot of stores, what they have in stock now could be the last you see of the traditional bulb.
Some lighting companies say these newer bulbs are four to five times more efficient than incandescent bulbs and they last longer. While this may be true, many people are resisting flipping the switch on the new bulbs, because they say the lighting is different. So some people are grabbing the traditional 100 watt bulbs while they still can, while others are beginning to see the new light.
"I'm from the old school," said part-time Myrtle Beach resident Tom Ecton. "And I don't like change, and we've been stocking up from Home Depot for over a year."
"Even though I think they don't give off as much light as the old kind does," said Myrtle Beach resident Ronnie Coker, "Seems like they do last a little bit longer and you don't have to place them as often."
The 100 watt bulbs are the only ones you could see disappearing from shelves. There are more scheduled phase outs for the traditional bulbs: the 60 watt in 2013 and the 40 watt in 2014.