Amazon brings budget-priced LED light bulbs to the masses

Amazon brings budget-priced LED light bulbs to the masses 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.


As you so correctly put it, this bulb is just a teaser.  A 40W-equivalent bulb (don't see that the lumen ouput is included in your post) is a joke.  I wonder how many returns they are going to get when the consumer realizes how little light they get from this sucker.

Another note: I just checked are out of stock already.  AND, even more exasperating (but typical) is the notation under Size in the Product Specifications: 40 watt.

Way to perpetuate misinformation, Amazon!

Down right stupid, would never  buy it and wouldn't even sell it to a blind man if they paid me double and let me pick the bills from their wallets

why would a blind man need a light bulb?

Cree is the world's leading maker of these chips. Watch their stock double or triple over the next year... it's priced at an incredible discount right now because of a short-term oversupply situation.

$20+ bulbs *sound* silly, but when you run the calculation on how much is saved annually in electricity cost, you'll find that it pays for itself in just a year or two versus an incandecent. However, CFLs do about the same, but they are much cheaper. The problems with CFL are: they contain mercury (dangerous when the bulb breaks or is discarded), they don't last as long as LEDs, and they take time to warm up, don't dim very well, run hotter, and have other quality inferiorities compared to LEDs. 

When LEDs get down to $10 or so, you'll finally see the market explode. In the meantime, I've ponied up $30+ per bulb and I'm loving it... will pay for themselves before the $10 LEDs get here.

By the way, why would a blind man need a wallet?

I paid 9.93$CA for a 2w bulb at walmart. Walmart is the only place I've seen them for sale where I live. It was an impulse purchase just to see what was what about an LED bulb.

The total light it puts out is not much. But each individual LED element is extremely bright, so the bulb is uncomfortable to look at directly. And it doesn't work well in a shade, because it is too dim, and the light it puts out is not sufficiently diffused for a shade to even work well (like 27 little directed flashlight beams).

Frankly, it's useless everywhere except in a vanity mirror fixture. But I won't use it in the bathroom, because it cautions against getting it wet, and I'm not sure if that includes steam.

Consumers should hold their horses. CFLs seem more usable in the real world at the moment.