Will you have contraband in your home on 1 January 2012? 100 Watt Incandescent light bulbs will no longer be imported or manufactured in the US as of 1 January 2012. No it is not contaband to posses them if you have them. But do not sell one to your neighbor. "Unsatisfied with the meager market share earned by compact fluorescent lamps and other energy-efficient alternatives, federal lawmakers decided to tip the scales in favor of CFLs." "No matter that many consumers think CFL bulbs are dim, slow to brighten and inconvenient. No matter that CFLs contain mercury and must be disposed of as hazardous waste." "If the ban was such a great idea, one wonders why lawmakers didn’t rush to the microphones to announce it in 2007. In fact, a 2009 survey by Sylvania found that three out of four people were unaware of the provision and fewer than one in five knew that 100-watt bulbs would be banned in 2012."