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Calif. To Ban Sale Of 100-Watt Incandescent Bulbs

[POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: One-hundred watt incandescent bulbs can still be sold in California, but new energy efficiency standards require that the bulbs use less energy than old 100-watt bulbs. Any old bulbs remaining on store shelves can still be sold.]


Todays last word in business is lights out.

At least here in California, where the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will no longer be available for sale. Thats due to the new federal energy efficiency standards. As it does so often, California is leading the way. It will be a year before the rest of the country follows suit.

Coincidentally, it was on New Year's Eve, in 1879, that Thomas Edison first demonstrated his newfangled incandescent light bulb to the public.

And thats the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne, and a very Happy New Year to you all. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.