Fans of the 100-watt lighbulb had better stock up fast: starting January 1, 2012, the 100-watt lightbulb will no longer be available, reports Consumer Reports.
The 100-watt lightbulb will be the first to be phased out under new government regulations. Replacement options include CFL’s, halogens and a combination CFL-halogen bulb produced by GE.
Consumer Reports recently conducted a study of the new bulbs. They found that the hybrid bulb burned out after 3,000 cycles, much faster than the old 100-watt bulb. For the CFL bulbs, the brightness dropped considerably after 3,000 hours, but testers said that they did not prefer the brighter light when reading anyway. The halogen bulbs kept their full brightness under testing, although they will not save very much money, and do not last as long.
The CFL will save a consumer nearly $100 over the lifetime of the bulb, while halogens will only save about $3.
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