An original American invention, the incandescent light bulb is on its way out.

The bulb has been used for 125 years, and much of the energy it consumes goes to heat rather than light.

The change toward using new Compact Florescent Lamps will cut wattage by about 75%, still producing about the same light, thus conserving electric.

In 2012, the 100-watt bulb will be replaced, then 2013 the old-fashioned 75-watt bulb.

In 2014, the most common light-bulb, the 40 and 60-watt will be phased out.

The change will not only cut energy consumption, but also cut electric bills. The new bulbs will last much longer, offsetting the increased cost.

Stories widely circulated on the Internet regarding the hazards of the CFLs have been debunked, although they pose a greater problem regarding disposal.

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