LONG BRANCH - Beginning in 2014, incandescent light bulbs will be replaced on hardware store shelves with their more efficient cousins.

At Coast Hardware in Long Branch, the majority of the household bulbs on display will be gone on Jan.1.

CFLs or "compact fluorescent lamps" cost more, but are expected to last longer. For example, the 60-watt Sylvania Super-Saver costs $5.39 and claims to last nine years.

For now, customers can still get four of the 60-watt incandescent bulbs for $1.49.

Gregory Accoo, of Coast Hardware, says 100-watt and 75-watt bulbs are no longer available out of the warehouse. Customers must buy twist-style bulbs. Accoo says some customers have been stockpiling the incandescent bulbs.

The CFLs have been criticized because they contain mercury.