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75-Watt light bulb phase out under way

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In 2013, consumers can say goodbye to the 75-Watt light bulb.

The LED bulbs may cost more, but they use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs last 25,000 to 50,000 hours.

The 75-Watt bulbs can be replaced with 53-Watt Halogen or 19-Watt compact fluerescent bulbs, according to the Light Bulb Replacement Guide from Osram Sylvania.

The deputy home editor of Consumer Reports said that less energy is a driving force behind the manufacturing of the new bulbs. 

"Sure, this is all part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which one of the provisions mandated that lighting needed to get about 27 percent more efficient and your standard energy. Edison bulb[s] - those are actually pretty inefficient. As a matter of fact, only about 10 percent of the energy they use actually goes towards lighting the bulb. The rest of it is just wasted," said Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman, deputy home editor at Consumer Reports.  

The 60-Watt and 40-Watt light bulbs are set to be phased out by Jan. 1, 2014.

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