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BATON ROUGE- The search for a 100-watt incandescent light bulb could leave you in the dark. That's because the government is turning the lights out for those bulbs.

"It shouldn't be that way. I feel you should have that choice, you shouldn't phase something out that's been working for so long," said Mark Daniels.

Incandescent bulbs give off more heat than they do light, wasting up to 90 percent of the energy used to power them in some cases. In 2007, lawmakers and President George W. Bush passed the Energy Independence and Security Act, requiring manufactured light bulbs be more efficient. That effectively banned the manufacture of the current version of incandescent bulbs used by consumers, starting with the 100-watt bulb this year.

Instead, many people are switching to more efficient compact flurorescents, or the new LED lightbulb which can cost anywhere from $40 to $50. However, it's a price some are willing to pay.

"We want lights in our home, we're going to buy light bulbs and eventually when it comes to that, this is what we'll be purchasing," said Daniels.

If it's cost you're worried about, experts say the bulbs could pay for themselves because of how long LED lights last and how little energy they use.

"In the long run it evens out because you're saving on your energy bill at the same time," said Troy Vaughn with Lowe's.

Alicia Broyard made the switch to LED bulbs a while ago, despite the high price tags.

"It's just a choice situation," she said, "you can choose your incandescent and see how long they last, constantly buy and re-buy, or you can spend that good amount of money for for your LED and your power savers and not have to buy after a long time."

Up next on the chopping block are 75-watt bulbs, which must meet the stricter standards or not be manufactured at the beginning of the year. After that, 60-watt and 40-watt bulbs will face the tougher efficiency standards in 2014.


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