Government pays $10 million for $50 light bulb

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    The government held a contest to build an affordable green light bulb. I know some people who make pretty good money, but I don't know anyone who thinks $50 for a light bulb is affordable.

    Government-subsidized green light bulb carries costly price tag - The Washington Post
     
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    If it lasts a long time and saves lots of energy, it's good.
     
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    Lets see...i have 8 light bulbs in the living room alone..... I wont be changing them our for $50 bulbs anytime soon.
     
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    It would have to last 50 times longer than a normal bulb. That means it has to longer than your house will last. It will obviously last longer than you're going to live in any particular house. Why would anyone think that's a smart purchase?
     
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    ya know that's what they said about the curly que's light bulbs.. they last longer... bullshit.. is what i say.
     
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    Exactly. Any buffoon who thinks in terms of ONE light bulb and says, "That's not too bad" is not living in the real world.

    And that is the end of that.
     
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    And lets not forget the silly little fact that they will not fit into most existing fixtures. Sure the base of the bulb may screw into the socket... but will the shade or globe still fit right?
     
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    LED light bulbs are rated to last 25,000 - 50,000 hours compared to 1,000 - 2,000 for a typical incandescent. factoring in labor to change the bulb 25 times over the lifespan as well as the decrease in the amount of energy used. this is a no-brainer. if it takes a guy 2 minutes to get the ladder, climb up and change a bulb at $20 an hour (just as an easy round number, which btw is $40k annually), the labor comes out to roughly $0.66 each change. for 25 changes that $16.67 in labor. lets say that bulbs cost $3 each. thats another $75 in materials. so total, its now cost $91.67 to use an incandescent over an LED. (this all without calculating in the energy consumption factor)

    a CFL is 6,000 - 15,000 hours which is roughly 1/4 - 1/3rd the life of an LED. same example labor is the same, $0.66 but now you need to change it 4 times. CFLs cost about $6 which is $24 in material and another $16 in labor or about $40. now youre getting into a closer range, but considering that LED still uses a fraction of the amount of power, over the lifespan of that LED bulb, you more than make your money back.

    its simple math.

    LED light bulbs use only 2-17 watts of electricity (1/3rd to 1/30th of Incandescent or CFL). LED bulbs used in fixtures inside the home save electricity, remain cool and save money on replacement costs since LED bulbs last so long. Small LED flashlight bulbs will extend battery life 10 to 15 times longer than with incandescent bulbs.

    Energy-Efficient Lighting: LED & CFL bulb information, including where to buy | Eartheasy.com

    How Long Did You Say That Bulb Would Last? - NYTimes.com


    LED bulbs also put off little to no heat, meaning that your electricity bill due to cooling needs will be reduced as well.
     
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    I smell another welfare program so people can afford these.
     
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    And then there is that other thing that is annoying.... the quality and color of the light is different.
     

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