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    US introduces $60 LED light bulb LED bulbs should last about 100,000 hours - giving them a life of about 20 years


    A prize-winning light bulb that lasts for 20 years is going on sale in the US on Sunday - also known as Earth Day.

    Made by Dutch electronics giant Philips, the bulb swaps filaments for light-emitting diodes to provide illumination.

    Using LEDs endows the light with a long life and a hefty price tag. The first versions are set to cost $60 (£37).

    Philips has arranged discounts with shops that will sell the bulb meaning some could buy it for only $20 (£12).

    Production ban

    The bulb triumphed in the Bright Tomorrow competition run by the US Department of Energy that aimed to find an energy efficient alternative to the 60-watt incandescent light bulb.

    The DoE challenged firms to develop a design that gave out a warm light similar to that from an incandescent bulbs but was much more energy efficient.

    Philips was the only entrant for the competition and its design underwent 18 months of testing before being declared a winner.

    A cheaper and less efficient version of the LED bulb is already sold by Philips in the US and Europe.

    LED bulbs face competition from compact fluorescent lights which are almost as energy efficient and cost a lot less.

    Sales of more energy efficient bulbs are being aided by official moves to end production of higher wattage incandescent bulbs.

    Production of 100 watt bulbs has ceased in the US and Europe. Production of of 60 watt bulbs has been stopped in Europe and is being phased out in the US. From 2014, incandescent bulbs of 40 watts or above will be banned in the US.
    BBC News - US introduces $60 LED light bulb
     
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    At least LEDs won't potentially kill you if you break them.
     
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    If this crap keeps up someday people will take their light bulbs with them when they move or landlords will refuse to replace bulbs that weren't screwed in before they were born. Nobody wants to pay $100 including tax for a freaking light bulb.
     
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    LOL. A LED bulb is a solid state device. That $60 bulb will be about $20 in five years or less. So strange that 'Conservatives' absolutely cannot stand the idea of something that lasts much longer, uses less enegy for the same result, and results in major savings over the lifetime of the bulb.
     
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    Libs have it bas-ackward as usual. If it costs $20 today it will probably cost $60 five years from now.
     
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    I heard they make these special bulbs in another country and GE made their American workers sign a pledge that they would only buy and use these kinds of bulbs.
     
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    From the linked article in the OP:

    "Philips was the only entrant for the competition and its design underwent 18 months of testing before being declared a winner."

    LOL Winner in a one horse race.
    Smells like a fishy race.
     
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    I read that it can save quite a lot in electricity over it's life, rendering it not only "free" but it will pay dividends. Today, we're twice as energy efficient as we were in the 70's. In 20 years... who knows?

    I believe that getting the same things done by using less energy (from any source) is a plus.
     
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    Even better,
    it took the government 18 months to determine the winner in a one horse race.

    Hey, I have an idea,
    let's put these same geniuses in charge of health insurance.
     
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    I'm sure all of this will be very comforting to freezing chickens huddled around LEDs.
     
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