A plethora of more efficient lighting alternatives have hit store shelves in recent years. The bulbs cost more but eventually save money via lower energy bills.

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BUFFALO --- Beginning Wednesday with the start of the New Year, Americans are going to notice a change in the selection of light bulbs they can buy at the hardware store.

When you turn the lights on in 2014 there will be some changes.

Some shoppers are looking to get their hands on what will be left of incandescent light bulbs.

"Think a lot of people are afraid of change to be honest with you, Home Depot Manager Nik Dimitrievski said. "So they want to grab what they can now and figure it out as they go along."

The start of the new year will mark the end of production for 60 and 40 watt incandescent bulbs.

The 100 watt and 75 watt were already phased out the last couple years because they don't meet new standards that require all new screw in light bulbs to use 25 percent less power by 2014.

"The incandescent is a hot bulb -- so if I take the temperature of that and give you the read out - we're looking at 228 degrees," Dimitrievski said.

"Change is here and it will help you save some money and save a lot of energy and save us from burning a lot of coal," Art Klein with the Sierra Club said.

Studies find that energy efficient lights use less heat and save folks on their bills.

While change can be difficult, it's all how you look at it.

"Traditional 60 watt is going to be its comparable LED, you can see the color and the light output is the same."

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