The final phase of the incandescent ban was implemented Jan 1 for 40Watts. I think Home Depot still has a few until the stock runs out.
So, how may packs of bulbs do you have tucked away? I’d guess most people have a few packs in their pantry. At least a year or two worth. With 4 in a pack they last awhile.
Most homes really don’t use all that many bulbs. Ceiling fixtures typically have one or two bulbs. My guest bedrooms are rarely used and bulbs haven’t burned out in at least two or three years. We probably replace 10 or so a year in the heavily used areas of the house. We have two standard 40W, 4 ft dual florescent fixtures in the kitchen. The T12’'s are being phased out too and I have a couple boxes of them in a closet.
The trick was making sure the household stock included an assortment of the various wattages. I bought 40,75, 100W. We never use 60W in anything.
Just to get it out of the way…
It’s pointless to drag this out into a rant against the new rules. Or a passionate defense of them. They are what they are. The manufacturer’s lobbyists won. Generic 4 packs of Incandescent bulbs were a buck. Don’t hold your breath waiting for those lighting prices ever again.
Yes, I tried CFL’s and hated them. I’m concerned about the mercury and other heavy metals. CFL’s are a bad interim alternative until better technology emerges. LED looks like the future. By the time my stash of incandescent runs out they’ll be dirt cheap. But we really don’t know what technology will eventually emerge as the best alternative. We’ll see in 15 years. I’ll buy whatever is available and cheap then.