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Jan. 1 marked the cutoff for Thomas Edison's traditional 40- and 60-watt light bulbs to be manufactured or imported in the States, as mandated by a bipartisan law signed by President George W. Bush in 2007. The congressionally-mandated phaseout is aimed at boosting bulb efficiency and saving the energy that would otherwise be required to power the traditional incandescents. In 2012, 100-watt bulbs were phased out, followed by last year's elimination of traditional 75-watt bulbs.