But I’m afraid we all must, because as of Jan. 1, 75-watt incandescent bulbs can no longer be made or imported—though stores can continue to sell them until supplies run out; 100-watt bulbs were phased out last year. And next year, it’ll be the 40- and 60-watt bulbs.
Taking their place are bulbs that use about 75 percent less energy. And according to our tests, they can save you more than $150 in electricity and replacement bulbs over their lifetime, despite their hefty price.
One of our top picks is the Philips AmbientLED 17W 75W A21 Soft White 418400, $40, which only uses 17 watts but is as bright as those old 75-watters. And best of all: It claims to last almost 23 years when used 3 hours a day! Use it in lamps and ceiling fixtures.
For some great, free information on buying lightbulbs, check out this link at ConsumerReports.org. There’s a great FAQ section on the new type of bulbs.