Starting January 1, 2014, companies can no longer import or make 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs. This marks the final phase of a national phaseout that started in 2012. Ironically, Thomas Edison’s first public demonstration of the incandescent light bulb happened 134 years ago.

But Edison would probably approve given the energy-saving properties of the two types of light bulbs that are the main replacements for incandescent bulbs—LED (light-emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent).

Experts say 90 percent of the electricity used by traditional incandescent light bulbs is radiated in the form of heat, rather than light. In comparison, LED bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescents and last significantly longer.

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