Bulb Ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- One of Thomas Edison's most famous and useful inventions could soon be banned in New York, which is considering legislation to halt the sale of incandescent light bulbs.

New York has joined California, Connecticut and Rhode Island in introducing legislation to ban light bulb sales and encourage the use of the newer, more energy efficient compact fluorescents, halogen lamps, or light-emitting diodes. Other states are considering a tax or surcharge on the bulbs. New York and several other states are requiring their agencies to replace incandescent bulbs with energy efficient ones.

The New York bill would prohibit sale of most incandescent bulbs by 2012.

Compact fluorescent bulbs use two-thirds less energy than standard incandescent ones and last up to ten times longer. It's estimated the savings for an average home is 200 dollars a year.

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