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A better idea?

Ford has a better idea, or so the 1960s television automobile commercial stated.

Remember the iconic “Ford” lettering with the glowing light bulb replacing the “O”?

I even co-opted that phrase in my successful campaign for junior class sergeant-at-arms in 1972, and, hey, if it works, do it.

You don’t have the incandescent light bulb to kick around anymore, not with the new federal standards taking effect relegating the lightbulb as we know it to the electric graveyard.

The old joke, how many (?) does it take to change a CFL or LED just won’t sound right.

Consumers will have essentially three choices: compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs; light-emitting diode bulbs, or LEDs; and halogen bulbs, with the familiar lightbulb we all have grown up with the past century being phased out.

No more 100-watt bulbs, they were phased out in 2012, and no more 75-watt bulbs, they were phased out in 2013.

New lighting standards are part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

The law doesn’t eliminate all incandescent bulbs, just the familiar ones homeowners have been using for years, and some types of incandescent bulbs are exempt, including 150-watt bulbs, 3-way bulbs and bulbs with narrower bases designed for chandeliers.

Compact fluorescent bulbs are relatively inexpensive and are said to last a long time, but they also contain miniscule amounts of mercury.

LED bulbs are said to last for decades and use less energy than CFLs, but they are more expensive.

Halogen bulbs, the ones most like the incandescent bulbs they replace, will probably be most familiar to everyone but reportedly don’t save much energy.

Reportedly, burning a 60-watt incandescent bulb for five hours will cost $10.95 annually but in comparison burning a 43-watt halogen bulb for that same period of time will cost $7.84. 

I can say the choice is yours, but in this case, your choice may be limited.