If your New Year’s resolution is to change your light bulbs, don’t worry...the federal government is changing them for you. That's because beginning Wednesday, the federal government will ban the use of 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs.

In 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law an energy bill that placed stringent efficiency requirements on ordinary incandescent bulbs in an attempt to eliminate them completely. The law phased out 100-watt and 75-watt incandescent bulbs last year, the 40 and 60 have but days to go.

So, if you decide that the new, much more costly and mercury filled CFL bulbs are not for you, it's time to hop in the car (might those be banned next?), head to your local store and stock up...if any are left, that is.