New GE bulb can last from your child's birth through their high school graduation.

12 Apr 2010

General Electric is touting its new LED 40-watt bulb that produces nearly the same light output as a 40-watt incandescent bulb while lasting more than 25 times as long and providing a 77% energy savings.  Unlike your normal general service incandescent bulb which lasts approximately 1,000 hours, the bulb is expected to last more than 25,000 hours.  When used for three hours a day (the average used by Energy Star for comparing bulb performance), the GE bulb would last close to 23 years.

The bulb is set to hits store shelves this fall or in early 2011.  Retailers set pricing but it is expected to be between $40 to $50.

For a variety of reasons, the performance of the LED bulbs currently on the market are underwhelming.  Most LED bulbs are expensive, cannot be used in existing lamp sockets, and tend to give off light in a specific direction – providing less ambient light from a single bulb.  It will be interesting to see if GE’s new bulb will address some of these issues.


GE Energy Smart LED bulb product snapshot (per GE’s website):

*       Expected to consume just 9 watts—compared with 40-watt incandescent/halogen or 10-watt CFL, while delivering nearly the same light output;
*       Expected 25,000-hour rated life—will last 17 years (4 hours per day), which is 25 times longer than a general service 40-watt incandescent or halogen bulb and more than 3 times longer than a standard 8,000-hour rated life CFL;
*       LED technology delivers the instant full brightness of an incandescent or halogen bulb;
*       Durable solid-state design with no filament to break;
*       Contains no mercury; and
*       Feels cooler to the touch than CFLs and far cooler than incandescent bulbs.

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