The year 2012 could go down in history as the beginning of the end for the 100-watt incandescent light bulb. Due to Congress’ tighter regulations on energy efficiency, the product has disappeared from the shelves of many stores.
“We'll sell what we still have left on the shelf but manufacturers aren't going to be producing it anymore so it’s just a matter of time,” says Bryce Hill of Hill’s True Value Hardware.
At stores across the country, the main alternatives to the 100-watt incandescent light bulb are the eco-halogen bulb and the compact florescent bulb. These environmentally friendly bulbs produce the same amount of light, but the eco-halogen uses only 72-watts of electricity and the compact florescent uses just 26-watts to work.