You may or may not have heard on the news about the end of the light bulb as we know it. Normal bulbs are being phased out. The production of incandescent bulbs will end, and they will be replaced with fluorescent bulbs which are supposed to be more energy efficient and environmentally safe.
That said, you have two options for light in the future. The first option is to stockpile normal bulbs while they are still available. Store them in a safe place and use as needed. The other option is to start looking for these new bulbs, and get them when they go on sale.
Right now, they are more of a novelty. I imagine when they become the required norm, they will go up in price. I recently ran across these new bulbs on sale at Lowes for $1.25 each. I purchased four. If you are not familiar with the bulb I am referring to, look at the attached picture. These are the bulbs of the future.
By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN
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