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Incandescents aren’t disappearing

– Don’t panic.

Yes, as you’re reading this, the manufacture and import of 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs is illegal, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get them.

“They’re still manufacturing them, and we’re still able to get them,” said Jeremy Frick, branch manager of Wabash Electric Lighting Showroom in Fort Wayne, pointing out that incandescent bulbs that meet the new energy-efficient standards are exempt from the ban.

Not only is there a good stock on hand, he said, but more companies are now producing incandescent bulbs that meet the standards that become law today.

They’re more expensive, but not as expensive as compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs. Of course, the cost of CFLs and light-emitting diodes has been dropping, even as quality, styles and options have been increasing, Frick said.

All of which means that what looked like draconian government regulation when it was put in place in 2007 now doesn’t seem like such a big deal.

“It’s not as drastic as what we thought it would be,” he said.

Frick said people were initially turned off by the spiral shape of CFLs, but the industry has responded with options that are more aesthetically pleasing.

In addition, decorative bulbs are not subject to the ban, he said.

But check the options, Frick said, because you might be surprised what’s available in an LED. Not only might it look the same, it will use a fraction of the electricity, give off almost no heat and last for a decade or more.