ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The phasing out of traditional incandescent light bulbs will take another big step forward today.

100-watt bulbs have already been banned and starting today, 75-watt bulbs will no longer be manufactured. Existing stocks will continue to be for sale.

Some people are so opposed to the squiggly energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps (or CFLs) that they’ve taken to hoarding as many traditional bulbs as they can.

Anne Klein, director of energy sustainability for St. Louis County, thinks she knows why there’s been so much resistance.

“When they first came out, people did not like them because they weren’t as bright, it took a long time for them to brighten up. So I think the newer versions of the light bulbs, people may not be aware of, are much better,” she said.

Klein adds that a major concern for business owners may also be the sheer cost of switching over their entire company to the more expensive CFL bulbs. But Klein argues that, at least in this case, change is good.

“There’s a very real payback when you switch out lighting,” she said. “It’s one of what we call a long-hanging fruit, real quick payback. It depends on the building, depends on how you use your lighting but it is one of the fastest paybacks in your house, talking about energy efficiency improvements.”

One year from today the real hardships arrive for lovers of traditional bulbs when the manufacture of 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs ends.

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