I'm not sure if the folks over at General Electric have an ad campaign jingle picked out for when they officially release the GE Energy Smart LED Bulb to consumers later this year or in early 2011, but I have a suggestion: There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

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 and Panasonic 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

Via [Fast Company]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

LED everlasting
General Electric's newly unveiled Energy Smart LED Bulb, the equivalent of a standard 40-watt incandescent bulb, lasts an impressive 17 years.