Light Bulb Phase Out Workshop

By Marc Strauss

January 8, 2012 Updated Jan 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A hardware chain is shedding some light on the gradual phase-out of traditional incandescent light bulbs.

Area Home Depot stores are hosting weekly workshops this month to show customers how much they can save by switching to compact fluorescent and LED bulbs.

The phase-out began on January 1 when a new law halted production of bulbs of 100 watts or more.

Next year, 75 watt bulbs will no longer be manufactured, while 40 and 60 watt bulbs go out of production at the start of 2014.

"A 40-watt light bulb costs about 95 dollars a year to run if its running all year round," said workshop instructor Terry Grena. A CFL in the same wattage, its equivalent incandescent costs $19.12 to run. An LED would cost $17.92."

Customer Bruce Stark has already tried some of the CFL bulbs.

"I've got some of the compact flourescents in my home and I like them," said Stark. "From what I hear the LED's have a greater life span and I can see by the meters a lot less power usage."

The weekly light bulb workshops are being held every Saturday at 10 a.m. at all Home Depot stores.