In February of last year, RTH posted a blog entry about the practicality of mass market LED lights that generated quite a lot of good commentary.
At the time, the best LED light on the market was a 3.4 Watt model that produced as much light as a 40 Watt incandescent. Now, another company has released a 13 Watt LED that produces as much light as a 100 Watt incandescent.
With all the attention that light bulbs have gotten over the past year or so, this bulb comes along with excellent timing. LEDs last five times as long as compact fluorescents, produce a bit more light per Watt, light up instantly, can be turned on and off repeatedly without shortening their lifespan, and contain no mercury.
With all this upside, there must be a downside somewhere, and of course there is: these bulbs cost a wallet-walloping $89.99 each.
However, they demonstrate proof of concept taken to the consumer market. Prices can only come down as production goes up and more companies enter the market. All in all, this is good news for energy conservation.
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