Both G.E. and Phillips have introduced LED light bulbs to replace the standard 40 watt and 60 watt incandescent bulbs currently in use. The newer LED bulbs equivalent to a 40 watt bulb uses only 9 watts and is being claimed by G.E. to last 17 years. The LED from Phillips which is to replace the standard 60 watt light bulb uses 12 watts of juice and the lifespan is shorter. How much shorter is not currently known. But as with any new technology when it is first introduced there is the issue of price. These new bulbs may be selling in the $50 to $60 price range when they hit store shelves later this year.
As most of us know, the ability to buy incandescent light bulbs will come to a halt here in the U.S. sometime between 2012 and 2014. According to a recent news article it states the following information:
Philips is hoping to sweeten the deal for its customers with several other features. In addition to emitting a warm white light, as opposed to the bluish glow LEDs used to be known for, the new bulb is dimmable. The company is also hard at work on future offerings that could justify higher prices, including a lighting system tailored for homes called Living Ambiance that would come with thousands of different settings like color variation.
Philips is also looking to cushion its consumer bulb business with street-lighting revenue from municipalities. Later this year, it plans to debut long-lasting LEDs for this application, which could generate millions in bulk orders.
I believe that these new LED’s will be the light of choice once the pricing comes down to a reasonable few bucks a bulb. The new LED’s as stated above have the soft white light that most of use enjoy and are dimmable.