The U.S. Congress, in its infinitesimal wisdom, has decreed that incandescent bulbs shall be phased out beginning on 1 January 2014. The more efficient CFL bulbs (which look like twisted florescent tubes) and the more expensive LED bulbs would seem to be your main options for home lighting in 2014. Some retailers have stocked up on incandescent bulbs. Home Depot is said to have about a 6-month supply in their warehouses. But I would guess that supply will not last the full 6-months. Low supply at other retailers will quicken the pace of sales.
Is this the end for incandescent bulbs? Not so fast. There is a loop-hole in the law. A certain type of incandescent bulb, called “rough service,” will still be legal to make and sell after January 1st. These bulbs must meet certain conditions, including having 7-filaments (instead of 2), thicker glass and filaments, resistance to vibrations, shock, and power surges, and a much longer lifespan. It’s almost as if these bulbs were designed for preppers and survivalists.
These rough service bulbs are available in regular bulb sizes and wattages, and so you could use them in your home. Are they super-expensive? Not at the present time. A company called Bright Lights USA makes and sells these bulbs in the U.S. of A. The bulbs are called “New Candescent”, and they are available online, for now.