As incandescent light bulbs fade away, customers stock up

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GREENFIELD — After making a career crafting lampshades and lamps, it stands to reason Ursula Dorsey would have an opinion on the federal government’s pending regulations on 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs.

It’s a dim one.

“I have yet to have a customer in here who likes the new light bulbs,” said Dorsey, who has owned Ursula’s Lamp Shop in Greenfield for 20 years.

That’s a problem since as of Jan. 1, standard-issue 40- and 60-watt bulbs can no longer be manufactured or imported under the terms of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed into law by President George W. Bush on Dec. 18 of that year.

Part of that law set energy standards for light bulbs, the first of which went into effect two years ago with the old 100-watt incandescent going the way of the Model T. A year later, 75-watt bulbs were phased out.

With the transition, the squiggly compact fluorescent and LED bulbs have begun occupying more space on the store shelves.

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