Its lights out on the incandescent light bulb

By WEEK Producer

January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Its lights out for the old fashioned 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulb.

As of January 1st the law prohibits them from being manufactured anymore, although if you look hard enough you can still find a few in some stores.

"They'll probably be out of stock within two or three months," said Keith Riecker, the manager of Nena Do It Best Hardware in Peoria. "People are stocking up on them."

But eventually they'll be forced to transition to the newer energy efficient CFL and LED bulbs.

CFL stands for compact fluorescent and LED for light emitting diode. The new bulbs cost significantly more but can last for years. And they use a fraction of the electricity.

Still, the idea of shelling out three or four bucks for a light bulb might make Thomas Edison turn over in his grave.

"To get the one's that are 40 dollars each and they say they'll last 25 years, well that's great but its hard to swallow that," said Bennett Johnson while shopping for some of the new bulbs.

A typical 40 watt CFL costs about three or four dollars but can last as much as ten times longer than an incandescent bulb. And through an Ameren Illinois discount incentive program they can be found in some stores for as little as 50 cents.

"The average customer has about thirty bulbs in their home so each year you're saving about 40 dollars," explained Ameren Illinois spokesperson Nick Lovier.

A few of the old fashioned incandescent bulbs will still remain available. The exception is the Rough Service bulb, the kind that's used in a garage or in a lamp post. Appliance bulbs, like the kind in a refrigerator, also aren't changing.

"We're trying to save (people) money. That's what this whole thing is about," said Lovier.