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$50 'light bulb of the future' goes on sale this weekend

ATLANTA -- What if you never had to buy another light bulb again? How much would that "light bulb of the future" be worth? This weekend, you'll decide. The L-Prize Philips bulb goes on sale Sunday. In Georgia, you can only buy it online.

11Alive's Julie Wolfe already has one and has been testing the light bulb causing so much buzz.

It seems like just yesterday that a light bulb was a light bulb, and your toughest choice was 60 watt or 75 watt. But the incandescent bulb you've been buying for decade is about to expire. New federal legislation went into effect January 1. The 100 watt bulb is already being phased out. Other wattages will fade from the market over the next few years.

The reason is one we've known for years: they are energy hogs.

OPEN HOUSE | Buckhead mansion transformed for 2012 Decorators' Show House and Gardens

ATLANTA -- For the last 42 years, the Atlanta Symphony has turned its attention to another kind of artistic inspiration: home design.

Ahead of the opening of 'The 2012 Decorators' Show House & Gardens' this weekend, Melissa Long is taking viewers inside the elaborate Buckhead mansion transformed by Metro Atlanta's top designers. 

The 1929 English Georgian estate, next door to the Governer's mansion, has been gutted, every year, for the last 42 years. The mansion is stripped for the Decorators' Showhouse and Gardens.

"We had 150 applicants and 23 spaces," said Amy Mussara, chair of the 2012 event. During the interview, Mussara acted as a tour guide of the 9,330 square foot mansion.

For months, the selected designers have worked to transform this Buckhead home. 

Rain clogs morning commutes

ATLANTA -- The much-needed rain that soaked metro Atlanta Wednesday morning caused several problems on local roads.

11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil says the rain should continue through mid-morning.

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Bartow County

A tractor trailer ran off the road on northbound I-75 near the Main Street exit. The Georgia Department of Transportation reported a diesel fuel leak and damage to a guardrail in this accident. The highway has since reopened.

Cobb County

Cobb County officials report slow-moving water on southbound I-75 at the ramp to eastbound I-285.

DeKalb County

ULGA-YP to host screening of "Think Like A Man"

ATLANTA -- Purchase your ticket to the Think Like A Man exclusive screening and mixer at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station and STRIP SkyBar hosted by the Urban League of Greater Atlanta - Young Professionals. 

The mixer will be begin around 5:30 p.m. at STRIP on the third floor. Attendees will pick up their movie tickets from the mixer. 

The price of the screening is only $13 that price covers movie entry and discounts on drink and food at STRIP.  

Tickets will be on sale until Friday, April 20 at 11:59 p.m.  

City of Atlanta posts "Satisfaction Survey" online for residents

ATLANTA -- Unable to make it to city council meetings? Don't worry; the City of Atlanta has posted their annual "City Services Satisfaction Survey" online. 

The Atlanta City Council's Finance Committee and Executive Committee wants city residents to provide input on their "level of satisfaction with selected city services." 

All data obtained will be considered and evaluated during the Atlanta City Council's 2013 City Budget Review Process. 

The survey will be posted, online, until April 30. 

Housing Authority of Fulton County and the Resident Advisory Board Collecting Formalwear

Housing Authority of Fulton County and the Resident Advisory Board Collecting Formalwear

Residents with formalwear collecting dust in the closet urged to donate

The Housing Authority of Fulton County (HAFC) and the Resident Advisory Board (RAB) are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Prom Closet Program.  HAFC is seeking donations of gently used and clean prom/formal dresses and tuxedoes of all sizes for high school seniors graduating in May 2012.  The donated formal wear will allow young men and women without the financial resources to purchase a tuxedo or dress to choose a free outfit with accessories. Priority will be given to Housing Authority of Fulton County residents.

Items needed for the Prom Closet include:

Take 3 with the infamous Tom Greene

When I first met Buckhead resident Tom Greene back in March, he had contacted me about a pretty unusual road problem. There was an orange safety cone cemented in to the middle of a heavily traveled City street. Tom was (and still is) a good sport. He let me make fun of his name and his road issue. We were able to get the City of Atlanta to patch the road, but Tom wanted more. So finally, after we asked really, really nicely, the City of Atlanta did a full repave. Now, Tom's neighbors treat him like royalty. In fact, there's even been a movement to change the name of Bohler Road to Tom Greene Boulevard. Really? Click on the clip to find out.