Starting Wednesday, they won't make them like they used to.
But even as the government calls a halt to the production of some incandescent light bulbs -- the modern descendant of the bulb Thomas Edison tinkered with back in 1879 -- few of us are scrambling to secure a supply.
Maybe it's because we've become accustomed to the new, increasingly inexpensive alternatives, including compact fluorescent lights, or CFLs.
Or maybe it's because there's probably no rush.
The federal government has said 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs can't be manufactured after 2013. But there's no rule against selling them as long as supplies last.
And there's a possibility that might take months, based on how long it took 75-watt and 100-watt bulbs to disappear after production of new bulbs was discontinued.
Brad Etter, a store manager at Lowe's on Asbury Road in Millcreek Township, said plenty of conventional bulbs remain on his shelves.
"Honestly, it hasn't been much of a rush," he said.
And while there have been accounts of people scrambling to lay in supplies of old-style light bulbs, a manager at Home Depot on Peach Street said it hasn't been overwhelming.
"It's kind of hit and miss," said Louis Nowosielski, electrical manager at Kraus Department Store on Parade Street.
"Some people come in and get a whole cartload, and other people just get what they need," he said, explaining that one customer buys in bulk because conventional bulbs help keep his chickens warm. That's something an energy-saving CFL can't do.
Nowosielski said he has cases of light bulbs in stock and expects his supply could last for months.
But there are no guarantees, he said, not if people suddenly begin worrying about the supply.
"If there is a rush on them, and people start getting scared, people will start buying," he said.
Nowosielski said he's not a big fan of the CFLs that are largely taking the place of the incandescent bulb. The mercury they contain makes them dangerous to dispose of, he said.
"Honestly, I like the LED (lights)," he said. "I wish they would have went with those."
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