BOISE – Going - going - and soon will be gone. Get ready to say goodbye to the incandescent light bulbs we grew up using.
Tuesday is the last day companies can produce the power hungry bulbs.
Forty and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs will soon join the 75 and 100 watt bulbs that are already out of production. In the near future the only options will be energy efficient light bulbs with a higher upfront cost.
The iconic light bulb, the very image we all associate with a good idea, is going away and to some, that's a bad idea.
"I also don't like the fact that I'm being forced to buy a better bulb," said Gary Whitney from Boise
However for Whitney and others, the reason they're stocking up on the incandescent bulbs goes deeper than that.
"I have some applications where I need an old light bulb to generate heat to, like, keep dogs warm in a shed, that kind of a thing. The new ones don't do it," said Whitney.
Jack Burdick bought close to a five year supply because he doesn't like the new energy efficient lights.
"We bought the other bulbs; we just didn't like them as much. I think it's harder to read with them," said Burdick.
But experts at The Home Depot and Lowe's say there are options.
"People are worried about the incandescent going away; Halogens are almost a direct replacement for them. They're just a more efficient version," said Larry Morisette.
Compact florescent and LEDs are the wave of the future, touting long life, some up to 25 years, with up to 80 percent annual savings on your electricity bill. But they're new and can be more complicated to buy than we're used to.
"We compared this to the transition from analog television to digital, that's going to be a little bit like this here. We have a lot of help in the aisles to help them out and get that transition taken care of," said Joe Erickson, a supervisor at The Home Depot.
While the cost of the new technology might seem high to some, it is coming down.
"And it isn't like we don't like to save energy like everybody else, clean energy, we do our best, but this is just one of the things we want to stay with, the incandescent light bulb."
If you're looking for your car keys, getting ready to make a mad dash to go buy the incandescent bulbs, you can sit back and relax.
Production stops January 1, but there will still be plenty of product on the shelves that will be sold until they run out and that will likely be months.
To add some perspective, the 75 and 100 watt bulbs lasted up to eight months after production stopped.
Not all incandescent lights are going away, the lower watt bulbs used for night lights and small reading lights will stick around.
All of these changes are a part of the 2007 bipartisan Energy Independence and Security Act.