Something I did not know and you may not either is that light bulbs as we know them will soon be a thing of the past. Incandescent light bulbs in 100, 75 and 40 watts will be phased out over the next 2 years; starting this January 1st with the 100 watt bulb. Longer lasting, more expensive light bulbs will take their place. Keep reading to see the phase out and what will be replacing the light bulb. Edison is going to be mad!

Inventor Thomas Edison came up with the light bulb, which is a carbon-filament bulb, way back on November 4, (my birthday, beginning another great invention) 1879 and was granted a patent in January 1880.

This January begins a government phase out of the incandescent bulb. The 100 watt will no longer be sold or manufactured after January 1. The government is moving on to more energy efficient lighting that is more expensive up front but also lasts for years.

The phase out will continue with the 75 watt next year, 2013 and finally the 40 watt disappearing in 2014. So stock up now if you want to continue using the old fashioned light bulb.

The old will be replaced with the new. One of 2 lightings will be used. CFL's (Compact Florescent Lights) or LED's (Light Emitting Diodes). These lights are more energy efficient and don't get hot to the touch either. They are more expensive up front but in the long run will be cheaper. Not only saving you on your electric bill but on the bulbs themselves. The CFL's will last around 7 years, consume about 75% on energy and cost about $25; the LED's can last up to 23-25 years and cost around $40.

I'm not sure how I feel about the old light bulb going away but I guess it doesn't really matter because it is no matter what!! Start saving your pennies for the new bulbs $25-$40 as opposed to about $2.00 for 4 bulbs.