Obomination: Fed-Subsidized 'Green' Light Bulb Hits Market -- Cost: $50...

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    Government-subsidized green light bulb carries costly price tag.

    The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb.

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the prize would spur industry to offer the costly bulbs, known as LEDs, at prices “affordable for American families.” There was also a “Buy America” component. Portions of the bulb would have to be made in the United States.

    Now the winning bulb is on the market.

    The price is $50.

    Retailers said the bulb, made by Philips, is likely to be too pricey to have broad appeal. Similar LED bulbs are less than half the cost.

    “I don’t want to say it’s exorbitant, but if a customer is only looking at the price, they could come to that conclusion,” said Brad Paulsen, merchant for the light-bulb category at Home Depot, the largest U.S. seller of light bulbs. “This is a Cadillac product, and that’s why you have a premium on it.”

    How the expensive bulb won a $10 million government prize meant to foster energy-efficient affordability is one of the curiosities that arise as the country undergoes a massive, mandated turnover from traditional incandescent lamps to more energy-efficient ones.

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    You do understand that they know what's best for all of us, don't you?
     
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    i hope i'm alive when we figure out a way to harness all this energy that pounds down on us for free virtually every day. then we won't have to worry about light bulbs so much.
     
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    Yes, that's what Big Brother keeps telling us anyway.
     
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    They even sold us out to a foreign Corporation. Philips, a Dutch Company will be the chief manufacturer of this debacle. WTG Big Brother! You've done it again.
     
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    Energy legislation signed by President George W. Bush in 2007 introduced a ban on inefficient incandescent light bulbs, covering traditional 100-watt bulbs this year. Sales of traditional 75-watt incandescents will be prohibited next year, and 60-watt incandescents will go after that.

     
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    WOW a $50 green lite bulb to save energy?

    Talk about stupid.

    Guess I'll break out the ol bic and a candle. Jeeze.
     
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    led's are the shit
     
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    Shows you how much in touch gov't is with the average american, a $50 light bulb is "affordable."


    And as Katz said earlier this isn't a partisan issue, both our parties are wasting our money on this bs.
     
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    And??
     

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