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Cree LED Bulb Breaks $10 Price Barrier

Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Cree has launched a series of LED bulbs that save 84 percent of the energy compared to traditional incandescents and cost less than $14.

The Cree LED bulbs are backed by a 10-year limited warranty and available exclusively at the Home Depot. The retail price is $9.97 for the warm white 40-watt replacement, $12.97 for the 60-watt warm white replacement and $13.97 for the 60-watt day light.

The new Cree LEDs are designed to last 25,000 hours or 25 times longer than typical incandescent light bulbs.

The bulb is illuminated by Cree LED Filament Tower technology and provides a compact optically balanced light source within a real glass bulb that produces a warm light. The LEDs are shaped like traditional light bulbs, and can be placed in most lighting fixtures in the home.

By replacing the incandescent bulbs with Cree LEDs in a home’s five most frequently used light fixtures, consumers can save $61 per year on electric bills, the company says.

Additionally, the Cree LED bulbs turn on instantly and are free of the mercury that is found in CFL bulbs. Unlike many low-priced LED bulbs, Cree LED bulbs are easily dimmable with most standard incandescent dimmers.

The Cree LED light bulb (60-watt incandescent replacement) delivers 800 lumens and consumes only 9.5 watts and is available in warm white (2700K) and day light (5000K) color temperatures. The Cree LED light bulb (40-watt incandescent replacement) delivers 450 lumens, consumes 6 watts and is available in 2700K color temperature.

In December 2012, Philips announced its latest-generation 60 watt A-19 LED bulb uses 10 percent less energy than its 12.5 watt predecessor while increasing brightness by nearly 5 percent.

The lamp — which uses 11 watts of power while putting out more than 839 lumens — has a new design using Philips AirFlux technology, an airflow cooling system that the company says eliminates the traditional distracting heat sink fins needed for thermal management of LED bulbs.

 

 



4 comments on “Cree LED Bulb Breaks $10 Price Barrier

  1. What is needed to accompany lower pricing is a national acceptance standard for performance, color, quality and the like for LED’s which will assist to alleviate a lot of the concern over comparison of various manufacturers products.

  2. What’s needed is an economy that employs enough people, and pays them enough, to make purchasing $10 light bulbs feasible. Nor is banning cheap indcandescents to force the 50% of us whose income has dropped for a decade to buy $10 light bulbs.
    In another life time in NYS the electric companies gave fl. bulbs away free, as part of a complex incentive / rate increase plan, and it worked. Those days of gov’t intervention that both saved energy, and made business money is also gone.
    I hate to sound political, but in no small part it’s the greed of a few that is rapidly doing away with our ability to create a better world.

  3. It should be noted that an LED Light Bulb, will in most cases be the last light bulb you will buy.. Do the math.. it cost much less to buy a bulb that will last 20 plus years on 4 hrs a day.. then not.. The same people who complain about this cost… have no trouble spending $7.00 a DAY on a flippa dippa yappa cappuccino…. or a pack of smokes of a pizza… please… Oh and as the article says you can take the savings of $61.00 and buy even more to double your savings year 2. :-)

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