Light bulbs increasingly hard to come by

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BRENTWOOD, MO (KTVI)-- With a glimmer of hope, Mike Campise came looking for a familiar gleam this afternoon.

"These here seem to me, I like the glow better," says Mike Campise.

At the Westlake Ace hardware in Brentwood, 60 watt light bulbs are flying off store shelves.

"Two big shelves full of our 60 watts here and we had a customer come in and buy about 50 packages in two minutes," says Don Baum, the Westlake Ace Hardware GM.  

Incandescent are obsolete according to the 2007 energy independence and security act.

One hundred watts were phased out in 2013, 75 watts said sayonara last year.

In 2014 no more 60 and 40 watts will be manufactured.  

"There's still some in our where house to pull from," says Baum.  "But once those are gone, they're gone."

At Brody's lighting off big bend, they've replaced 80% of their 1500 lights with new energy efficient cfl, halogen and led bulbs.

Besides lasting longer, the bulbs are energy efficient.

But for some, there's a familiarity that's missing from the future of lighting.

"I like these better," says Campise.  "The other light doesn't seem like it's as bright. I prefer this kind even though it probably uses more energy."

The band Crowded House said color is its own reward.

And if the blue or white light from the new ways of illumination are a little annoying, there's still the alternative.
"There's always candlelight," says Patrick Clark.

"Of course," laughs Baum.

With the new bulbs means a new way to shop for them. Instead of a 60 watt bulb, you'll look for an 800 lumen light bulb.

We have a link on our website with a chart to compare watts to lumens.


  • Thistleburr

    those bulbs are not better than these these do not go out in cold weather as do cfl and they do not toxify the environment as do cfl which are high in mercury and cfl do not heat cages such a duck egg incurbators and plant rooms as these do which if you cant get them no more you have a much high risk of fire and a bigger electric bill from teh ehater which are 600-1200watts compared ot a 75 watt bulb would do this is just politic greediness this is not better for the people or the environment only politicians pockets

  • Merro

    “Thistleburr”, I love the facts you pose. Makes a lot of sense, with how “high in mercury” these bulbs are.

    “…The amount housed in each bulb is very small, about 4 or 5 milligrams, which in volume is about the size of the period at the end of a sentence. (By comparison, old-style mercury thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury, an amount equal to the mercury found in 125 CFL bulbs.)” –Which no mercury is ever released unless a bulb is broken, and you can recycle them at any Lowe’s store.

    I have a red CFL bulb currently in my chicken coop in these cold temperatures as well. It’s too bad that it does not work in cold weather. Not sure what my chickens are doing in the dark right now.. Oh wait, their light is still on. Nevermind.

    And forgetting sarcasm.. You can still purchase the recommended “brooder” bulbs and “plant” bulbs from any store. It’s only the 60 & 40 watt soft white/regular bulbs that are going. Stop feeding into lies.

    Also, back on track, it’s terrible that our politicians went along with Switzerland, The EU, Australia and many more… in this political greed circle of saving electrical costs for homeowners and utility payers worldwide… not to mention reducing carbon emissions from producing the electricity…

    But it’s too bad that we only have CFL’s to turn to. Perhaps, one day, they will manufacture another sort of bulb that does not contain mercury. That is truly bright, high in lumens, and maybe… has a longer life span. Some sort of Light-Emitting Diode, that is somewhat pleasing to the eye and could possibly have a broad spectrum of sorts that is pleasing to the human eye.

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