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Amazon brings budget-priced LED light bulbs to the masses
by Kathryn Robbins on April 24, 2011
As the US transitions from incandescent bulbs to more eco-friendly options, many companies are rushing to get their LED light bulbs on store shelves. The problem is that many people are put off by high price of the single bulbs when compared to cheap packs of CFLs. Amazon has teamed up with Lighting Science Group to offer LEDs that are easier on your budget.
LED light bulb manufacturers have had a hard time convincing the American public to buy into the technology. The bulbs were bound to save them money in the long run, but their blue hue and inability to give off an enveloping glow turned off a lot of buyers. In addition to these limitations some bulbs such as GE’s Smart LED bulb had a list price of about $50, an amount that could get you a heck of a lot of CFLs at a big box retailer.
Lighting Science Group’s first LED offering on Amazon is a 40 watt equivalent A19 omnidirectional 8.5 watt bulb that’s 75% more efficient that a plain incandescent. The company predicts that the bulb will last up to 23 years or 25,000 hours. The bulb will be available through Amazon for just $21.98, a price that beats their discounted price for GE’s bulb at $37.98. According to a press release, Lighting Science Group is in the process of getting a wide array of bulbs up for sale on Amazon that includes a 60 watt equivalent version which is one of the most popular household bulbs.
Besides using less power, Lighting Science Group’s LED has a lot of advantages over a standard CFL. They don’t need time to warm up and are easily recyclable because they don’t contain mercury. While they may cost more, their long lifespan means that you’re paying about $1 a year to have them light your home; incandescents and CFLs cannot match that number.
It’s great to see new LED technology such as this 40 watt bulb, but manufacturers need to widen their selection. Household and workplace lighting situations don’t commonly rely on such a low-wattage bulb as a 40 watt, 60 watt and 100 watt bulbs are much more popular. If Lighting Science Group can get a great price point for their in-the-works 60 watt equivalent bulb, they may have a massive success on their hands.