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Lights Out for the 100-Watt Bulb in California

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It was a bright idea a century ago, but in 2011, California has another one: The 100-watt incandescent lightbulb is being phased out. "Beginning Jan. 1, the state began phasing out certain energy-sucking bulbs, federal standards the rest of the country will enact next year," the AP reports.

That means the old bulbs we once knew, and used in abundance will no longer be made, and, eventually, no longer be sold. Instead of the 100-watt bulbs, stores will stock energy efficient options that use no more than 72 watts.

If you like hanging on to junk that is outmoded and inefficient, now would be the time to raid your local hardware store for a hoard of 100-watt bulbs. Otherwise, get ready to be out with the old and in with the new.