LED Light Bulb Lasts 17 Years, Looks Funky

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nHeroGo

...and tape it under the foot of the lamp, and don't act surprised when it breaks after 14 months.

Also write the date on the base of the bulb.

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dessa

I just saw a very similar product from Philips at my local Home Depot.  40 W light-equivalent LED for < $50.

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TheJalAbides

I'm calling shenanigans on that funky white orb cradle being some sort of light directing apparatus.  High brightness LEDs need substantial heatsinks to keep their dies cool (unlike incandescent filaments), so my bet is that cradle is actually a cleverly disguised heatsink.

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mls067

the starting price is actually pretty good. I have seen others that go for over $100. So if the GE bulbs start to sell then hopefully the price will drop fast..or we'll have a massive led shortage and anything led will be super expensive.

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KNFrH2O

The bulbs will still use your 120V (60Hz) power (normal US household), but they'll use less amperage.   This will enable them to operate in lamps/sockets you already own or have installed and still produce less wattage. 

As for the appearance of the bulb... who cares what it looks like if it works and saves you money?  Most people don't stare into lightbulbs.  I try not to, anyway.  :)

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violian

Well, these bulbs would definately pay off for industrial/commercial uses. I used to work in a hospital - knowing many custodian/maintenance personnels. And currently, they have to change about 500 flourescent lights per month. It costs roughly $25 per flourescent replacement (factoring in cost of wages to go around and change the lights). So that's roughly $12,000 per month just to change lights. Their new initiative right now is to replace all flourescent bulbs with LED's by 2012 or something because they last so much longer and will save them money in the long run.  

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jgrimoldy

A 17-year low-power light bulb is nice, but: $40-$50 is an awful lot to spend in one shot on just 1 light bulb. 

Currently, my monthly light-bulb budget is not really killing me.

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leo655

True a regular bulb is very cheap but you need to factor bulb cost plus electric cost to get he true value.

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MRrelabled

yeah, you can't measure in wattage for these lights because of their low power you use luminance. But yes they haven't really been to bright as of yet but once mass productions starts or at least you can find them at the store then you should see better technology.

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Neufeldt2002

Hope this comes in different wattages.

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bikerbub

the voltages are probably half or less than a regular incandescent bulb, so i don't think it will really matter, unless you need a certain brightness.

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avenger48

According to the article, a 9-watt bulb = a 40w incandescent.  More like 1/4.

 

And I can think of a great use for a high-powered version of this:  chandeliers.  If you don't want to climb a 20-foot ladder, this could be just the solution. 

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