Incandescent light bulbs

Few people realized how much they appreciated their old light bulbs until the so-called light bulb ban was enacted to phase out traditional incandescent bulbs in favor of more efficient compact fluorescents (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LED).

Despite the substantial energy savings, consumers still want their soft, white light. Hoards have stocked up on the traditional and less expensive variety and there was even an unsuccessful vote in Congress to overturn the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 in July.

While resistance to the changeover remains, Joseph Higbee of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, calls them the "vocal minority."

As for those that appreciate good lighting, there's slim chance for a last-minute repeal, but there is still hope for a flattering glow. "I'll tell you what I've told my wife," said Larry Lauck of the American Lighting Association, "buy a compact light that's 2700-3000 Kelvin, which will still give you a warmer to whiter light."



Last updated August 19 2011: 11:38 AM ET
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