GE Re-Invents the Light Bulb

April 13, 2010

Incandescent light bulbs - savor this moment, because your time is running out. The new hotness is this Energy Smart LED bulb from GE, which promises 17 years of life, an omni-directional illumination pattern, and uses about a quarter the amount of wattage to put out the same amount of light as an incandescent. But it's gonna cost you.

Set to hit store shelves in the next 12 months or so, the GE's LED bulb is estimated to cost between $40 and $50 per bulb.

After the initial sticker shock it occurs to us that, in the long run, you'd probably end up saving money by using these bulbs instead of using the often-replaced and inefficient incandescents. Not to mention the environmental benefits of LED over the latter. Then again, if you stop liking the way they light up the room, you're gonna have to wait a decade and a half to replace 'em.

Source: Engadget