Designed for the long-haul, the Energy Smart LED Bulb lasts 17 years (that's a 25,000 hour life) if it runs four hours a day, every day. Yep, a 17-year light bulb. That's 25 times longer than a 40-watt incandescent light bulb and three times longer than a standard CFL bulb. The Energy Smart LED Bulb will have the equivalent light output, 450 lumens, of a standard household 40-watt incandescent bulb while only using 1/4 of the power. I've blogged about companies like Philips
releasing consumer LED bulbs so it's only appropriate that GE, the company that invented light-emitting diode technology back in the 1960s, enter the LED-for-consumers game.
The catch, like with other LED bulbs, is that the GE Energy Smart LED Bulb will not be cheap: it's estimated to retail for between $40 and $50. That's a daunting amount to shell out for a single lightbulb but keep in mind that you won't have to replace it for up to 17 years. I can't think of a household object whether it be mattress, washing machine, or television set, with a lifespan that long. Think of it this way: if you have children and outfit their bedrooms with LED bulbs, the next time you'll have to replace them is when they leave that room —and the house — for college. Perhaps you could even supplement that college fund with the cash saved on monthly electric bills.
With the Great American Incandescent Phase-Out
kicking off in 2012 and concern growing over the danger presented by mercury-filled CFLs (although many camps feel it's not that bad
), it's inevitable that the price of LEDs will drop sooner than later. But will you invest now