Monday, April 23, 2012


Would you pay $60 bucks for a lightbulb?

What if it mean $165 in savings over it's lifetime?

The pricey, award winning LED is hitting the shelves today, in the USA.

There is general acceptance that LED technology is superior to traditional incandescent lighting, but will people invest that kind of cash up-front on a technology that could change tomorrow?  The savings are not  immediate. 

The bulb only needs 10 watts to  deliver the equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb, reports the Washington Post. That puts you ahead a whopping 2,480 watt-hours (2.48 kilowatt-hours) in a 31-day month, or a monthly cost of $0.38.

Manufacturer Philips says  if it replaced every 60-watt incandescent bulb in the United States with it's new bulb,  the country would save $3.9 billion in electricity in just one year.

The bulb  won a $10 million US government eco-bulb prize. Philips has arranged discounts and rebates to bring the price down to $25 in some areas, reports the BBC

Phillips won a $10 million US government eco-bulb prize—originally had a hefty $60 price tag but manufacturer Philips has arranged discounts and rebates to bring the price down to $25 in some areas, reports the BBC

it's still going to take you a long while to recoup your LED investment


Jay L said...

LED bulbs have been available locally for about a year now. They are about $25 at Walmart.

Cyril Rogers said...

Peter, if we were serious about conservation, would this not make a whole lot of sense?

Suppose each of these light bulbs only uses electricity equal to 6 ordinary light bulbs, I would think that would amount to a significant drop in residential demand year over year. If you retrofit all of the bigger institutions, like hospitals, schools, and government buildings, it should reduce demand even further.

It would cost millions up front but if it reduces demand by 10% even, it should cause the proponents of MF to think twice, on the basis of conservation alone. I have no idea of how much it would reduce consumption but I am sure the folks at Hydro and Newfoundland Power could tell us very quickly.

Peter L. Whittle said...

Yes, Jay, now that you mention it, I recall seeing those master LEDs here at Home depot. I have seen LED bulbs for $30 a pair at Costco.

This particular bulb won an American government incentive, but the more research I do, the more that it appears these bulbs are on the market and are closer to $25 not the sixty quoted by the Washington Post.

However this bulb is the "winner of the $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb." and the bulb has yet to be formally launched.

I have no idea how these vary from LEDs on the market already. The big difference appears to be that these are made in the USA not China.

Cyril, agree with you, The price tag to buy the bulb is not the important thing, it's the total cost over the life of the bulb that matters. , The LED bulb's total cost of use ( is 1/3 the cost of using incandescent bulbs.

I'll be happy to use LEDs instead of CFLs

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Winston said...

Peter, please do a little research and kill this myth that these bulbs and a lot of other energy efficient produsts save significant energy "here in nfld" It may seem logical that they would. In fact down south they do because they produce less heat and save on their own less energy consumption and reduces air conditioning needs. But here, when they produce less heat, you know what happens, the baseboard heaters have to stay on longer. So they only save energy for a couple of summer months, or for lights used outdoors. And you know who promotes these minor energy saves most- the power companies.They likely save less than 1 percent per year on a total energy household bill. Large buildings don't need much heat , so there is some saving there. Now consider , heatpumps save 60 percent or more on heat and hot water and can reduce total household energy bills by 50 percent. Guess who don't promote them? nor will they confirm their potential for our climate. Suggest you look at my presentation to the PUB how hundreds of megawatts can be saved.

Peter L. Whittle said...

Will look at your study. Great insight on the heat issue!

Thanks for participating in the discussion. Much appreciated