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Screwing in a light bulb could become a forgotten art

April 16, 2010

Staring in 2012 standard incandescent bulbs will be phased out as a result of the US Federal Lighting Efficiency Standards.

  • 100-watt bulbs will no be made in January 2012
  • 75-watt bulbs will no longer be made in January 2013
  • 60 and 40-watt bulbs will no longer be made in January 2014

The most economical choice left for the consumer after incandescents are no longer made will be fluorescents.. or will it? A more efficient technology is the LED or light emitting diode. Usually today’s popular LED’s today are directional and used mostly for accent lighting and usually not used for residential applications. CNET reports that GE has designed an LED bulb to better direct the light downward and all around with its finger-shaped clamp wrapped around the bulb.

This 40-watt replacement called GE Energy Smart LED bulb, which will be available later this year or early 2011. This new bulb is expected to consume only 9 watts (77% energy savings over incandescent) and produce nearly the same output as a 40-watt incandescent bulb while lasting 25 times longer. Another advantage of LED is that it doesn’t get as hot as incandescent or fluorescent bulb.

The Energy Star threshold to be considered a 40-watt incandescent replacement is 400 lumens. Currently available LED bulbs generally produce a maximum of 350 lumens. According to the GE global product general manager, John Strainic, “This is a bulb that can virtually light your kid’s bedroom desk lamp from birth through high school graduation. It’s an incredible advancement that’s emblematic of the imagination and innovation that GE’s applying to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

The bulb is expected to cost $40 to $50. This is a little steep but if it can guarantee 17 years of life(calculated by GE to be is use 4 hours a day) I think one generation will have to teach the next generation how to screw in a light bulb!

-by Noerah

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  1. April 17, 2010 10:25 am

    The Uk banned ordinary light bulbs last year see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8230544.stm but the new ones are hopeless. They get dimmer and dimmer as they get older, they do not work at all on dimmer switches in fact until they come up with something better thankfully I still have a supply of the old bulbs for the time being. Diane

  2. April 17, 2010 11:54 am

    The problem I still have with them is light quality. I love my chromalux true light bulbs. I have tried gels but still not happy with them and some fixtures will not work with them.

    Any improvements on that front???

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