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May 17th, 2011, 07:23 AM #1
$50 lightbulbs = better start hoarding
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Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect.
The new bulbs will also be expensive — about $50 each — so the development may not prevent consumers from hoarding traditional bulbs.
The technology in traditional "incandescent" bulbs is more than a century old. Such bulbs waste most of the electricity that feeds them, turning it into heat. The 100-watt bulb, in particular, produces so much heat that it's used in Hasbro's Easy-Bake Oven.
To encourage energy efficiency, Congress passed a law in 2007 mandating that bulbs producing 100 watts worth of light meet certain efficiency goals, starting in 2012.
May 17th, 2011, 10:37 AM #2
sounds like the new bulbs (also the alternatives now present) won't approximate the spectrum of sunlight either. might not be long-term healthy to use . . .
May 17th, 2011, 11:22 AM #3
The phase out has been coming for several years. California is mandating CFL in new construction. Its a no brainer to change incandescent bulbs to CFL as it does save money and cuts cooling costs in the summer. LED is another energy saver. I ran a program for a huge bulb distributor and we sold tons.
May 17th, 2011, 11:47 PM #4Expensive Light Bulbs
As an owner of a Moderator Note: Removed Urlit's a little frustrating having to pay $50 for a few light bulbs - with hundreds of properties in our management portfolio the dollars definitely add up.
This is the way of the world though, nothing gets cheaper, naturally the prices go up and there's nothing we can do about it.
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May 18th, 2011, 12:16 AM #5
You can buy 100-w-equivalent CFL bulbs for $2 to $4 now, in a year or two they'll be 4 for $2. There is no rational reason to spend $50 for a new, old-fashioned bulb, except for the easy-bake oven.
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May 18th, 2011, 12:29 AM #6
It's possible to buy CFL's that emit full spectrum light. A little more money than the regular one's, but far less than $50 a pop.
May 18th, 2011, 12:41 AM #7
May 18th, 2011, 12:43 AM #8
Think folks are getting confused over the new LED lights costing $50...Salty kisses, Sandy toes, and a Pirate's heart...
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