75-watt incandescent light bulbs are now outlawed effective New Year’s Day. Stores will be allowed to empty their shelves, but manufacturers and stores are now prohibited from making them or importing them. One year from now, 60W and 40W bulbs will also be outlawed.

The government is pushing their “green” energy solutions by prohibiting these wasteful light bulbs and promoting Light-Emitting Diode bulbs (LED’s) and Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL’s). Consumer Reports’ Celia Kuperzmid-Lehrman explains that “90 percent of the energy the bulb uses is wasted, so what they replaced them with are much more energy-efficient bulbs which are just as bright, just as good and will actually save you money over the long run.”

It doesn’t matter that CFL’s or LED’s are supposedly more energy-efficient. Any time the government steps into the marketplace and starts mandating that people buy certain products, that product’s quality will go down and costs will go up. So, in the next several years, we can expect light bulbs’ cost to skyrocket in the same way that healthcare costs will skyrocket because of the government’s takeover of that sector.

But many people have shown that most of this energy-efficient talk is mostly hype to get people to buy the more expensive bulbs and to stop buying the old ones. Particularly with the CFL’s, they have actually been shown to be less efficient for the average household.