May 9, 2012

RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT (BULB):

A Light Bulb that Breathes: The perfect light bulb. But at $50? (DAVID ZAX, 05/08/2012, Technology Review)

You can't get the Energy Smart LED bulb just yet. It's expected to come out in early 2013, and there's no definitive word on price (a $39-$49 figure has been circulating). Other high-end LED's can run as steep as $60 (to wit, the Philips L Prize LED Bulb; there's an instant rebate of $10, though). Even though the bulbs are pricey, they inevitably amount to lifetime saving in energy costs, given the longevity and efficiency of the bulbs. Businesses have wised up on savings. But for the average consumer, overcoming sticker shock is likely to remain a major obstacle for widespread adoption of this technology. We have been trained to think of bulbs as light, cheap, semi-disposable products. But as a Home Depot employee put it recently: "It's the last bulb you'll ever have to buy."

It may take some getting used to, but LED's are inevitably the future--not least because legislation has actually mandated the development of more efficient bulbs and the phasing out of ones that are less so. Philips, among others, debuted similar LED bulbs at the conference. Incandescent bulbs are beginning their slow fade to black, as another iconic technology makes way for the new. 

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