Angie's List: What the light bulb change means for consumers

LEWISTON, ID - Say goodbye to your old light bulbs. The 2007 Energy Law has mandated that manufacturers must start making incandescent light bulbs at least 27% more efficient by 2014.

In 2012, manufacturers started phasing out 100-watt incandescent bulbs, followed by 75-watt bulbs in in 2013 and 40 and 60-watt bulbs in 2014.

In today's Angie's List report, what the lighting changes mean to you.

"Look at the mission of the light bulb," said GoodCents Managing Director, Bob Nuss. "What are you using it for? If you're just trying to get general light out of it, then I go with the bulb that uses the least amount of energy."

"There are changes on the way for light bulbs," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "For example, incandescent bulbs are being phased out. If you are not sure what this is going to mean for you, check with your electrician because you might find you have lighting fixtures that will need to be changed."

"What we are seeing now is the emergence of the LED lighting," said Lighting Designer, Don Dragoo. "We're seeing a lot of that being used in under cabinet lighting, accent lighting, and recessed lighting."

"When you look at total life of that bulb versus what you paid for that bulb versus what the amount of energy that bulb is using, these are much cheaper," said Nuss. "So the trade-off there is if you want to keep your old incandescent light bulbs you're going to pay more and change them out more. They are going to create more heat in your home as well."

"We are seeing a lot of different bulbs coming out, but because of the competition haven't really set in strongly, we are seeing that the cost is still pretty high," said Dragoo. "I think as we get further into the development stages and the competition becoming stiffer we will see the prices starting to come down."

If you're looking to switch over your light bulbs, but can't make them work in existing lamps or fixtures, Angie's List recommends consulting with a licensed electrician or lighting professional.