09 April 2010

US Incandescents Phased Out: GE's New LED Retrofit

Starting in 2012 and continuing through 2014, standard incandescent light bulbs are going away as a result of U.S. federal lighting efficiency standards:

100-watt bulbs can no longer be made in January 2012;
75-watt bulbs can no longer be made in January 2013; and
60- and 40-watt bulbs can no longer be made in January 2014. _GE_LED
As incandescent light bulbs are phased out by US federal regulations, GE is providing new alternative lighting of different types.
GE has consumers covered each step of the way with alternatives such halogen, CFL and LED bulbs that already meet the new efficiency standards. _GE_LED
Given the proven toxicity of the compact fluorescent bulb components, the new LED retrofit replacements are likely to take off quickly -- despite the price penalty.
GE's Energy Smart LED bulb, expected to go on sale this year or in early 2011, produces the same amount of light as a 40-watt incandescent bulb while only using 9 watts. It lasts 17 years--25 times longer than an equivalent incandescent bulb and three times as long as a standard CFL. The LED bulb won't be cheap, of course. It is expected to cost $40 to $50, which isn't that expensive when the device's lifespan is taken into account, but may still be too pricey for people used to paying a few bucks per bulb. _FastCompany

The lucrative lighting market is due for a revolution. As engineers learn to bring out the potential of LCDs, LEDs, and electroluminescent panels, our walls, ceilings, and windows will soon become much more interesting. Think in terms of mind altering virtual environments. Then let your imagination run wild.


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Blogger SwampWoman said...

So what the hell am I supposed to use instead of a 100-watt incandescent floodlight to keep the chicks at the proper temperature of @ 100 degrees? Build a fire?

Friday, 09 April, 2010  
Blogger fboness said...

I have found that when the compacts burn out, they burn. You can't safely leave them on when you leave the house.

Friday, 09 April, 2010  
Blogger Ugh said...

Wonderful point SwampWoman. Congress has no idea what the consequences will be of their flavor-of-the-day decisions.

A few years ago they changed the daylight savings time rules - should be simple, the folks will just get up and change their clocks on a different day. But what about millions of automated systems that control everything from bank interest to the power grid? Millions of man-hours and billions of dollars had to be spent to change everything not just once a year but twice - and then we had to monitor everything the following year to make sure all the automation would work consistently.

Congress has no idea what they're doing when it come to technology.

Friday, 09 April, 2010  
Blogger read it said...

I am stocking up on incandescents. ;-)

Friday, 09 April, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

SW: Consider a ceramic heater

fboness: I hadn't heard that. Thanks

Craig: You didn't need to add the word "technology" to your last sentence. The word "anything" would be more accurate and inclusive.

SG: You are not the only one to have that idea. As long as the gov. doesn't mandate a change of fixtures, you should be okay.

Friday, 09 April, 2010  
Blogger ylluminate said...

When they start talking about high prices for LED lights I get very angry. These lights are so much cheaper to produce than all other lights and the automation process for creating them so much more simple. They should be able to create these for the same price of traditional incandescent lightbulbs. Just go make your own for 25-50¢ a piece.

Wednesday, 20 April, 2011  

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