According to an article in USA Today, Americans are starting to stockpile incandescent light bulbs in preparation for the government’s ban that starts in January of 2012.
A bill signed by President George Bush, back in 2007, makes it illegal for companies to manufacture 100 watt incandescent light bulbs after January, 1 2012. The ban will gradually phase out all incandescent bulbs, and you will no longer be able to buy them after 2014.
The move was made to appease environmental lobbyists that somehow think mercury filled bulbs are better for the environment.
The new CFL light bulbs have already been linked to a number of health problems including fatigue, eye strain, and migraine headaches. The Light bulbs are so hazardous to your health that some manufactures have started to label the boxes with warnings on how to deal with a broken bulb. In fact, some states now require you to recycle these bulbs at special facilities, because of the large amount of mercury in each bulb.