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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A LED bulb that won a $10 million government contest goes on sale this Earth Day.

The bulb is the most energy-efficient yet, lasts about 20 years and is supposed to give off a pleasing, natural-looking light. But what separates it from the pack most is the price: $60.
That price reflects the cost of the components, especially the top-notch chips, or diodes, that give off the light, and is the price commercial customers will pay. But the manufacturer, Netherlands-based Philips, is discounting it right away to $50 for consumers, and working on deals with electric utilities to discount it even further, by as much as $20 to $30.

Read more at KGW.

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0 #1 WOW- What a dealJohn 2012-04-17 12:48:15
Let's see, buy a bulb that is supposed to last 20 years for $50, or even $40. The current flock of fluorescent bulbs that are supposed to last for 5 to 7 years last about 2 at the most. But let's say you get 20 years out of the new bulb. You can buy a 4 pack of Phillips incandescent bulbs at Home Depot today for $1.47. That translates into 109 light bulbs, each of which will last at least a year. Wait that's 5 times longer than the $40 led bulb! what about the cost of the energy used. Can't tell you the answer on that, but it's going to take a lot cheaper bulb to make it economically possible to replace existing (not fluorescent) technology.
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