In race to build a better light bulb, LEDs set to eclipse fluorescents

  • Article by: DIANE CARDWELL , New York Times
  • Updated: January 21, 2013 - 7:57 PM

They're expensive now, but the price is expected to come down over the next several years.

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dtmonkeyboyJan. 21, 13 9:43 PM

I dropped my electric bill by $23 a month by switching to LED. Within 2 years I will have paid for the bulbs with the savings and will be looking forward to 10+ years of savings.

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jbhall56Jan. 22, 13 6:16 AM

While fluorescent bulbs are a good intermediary, LED bulbs provide a much better solution and light quicker than their fluorescent cousins. People don't realize that the "instant on" fluorescent bulbs required constant power in order to be able to turn on without the delay and that obviously requires some amount of electricity usage. Then there is the mercury issue with fluorescent blubs that always bothered me, so I'm really glad that LEDs worked out.

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davehougJan. 22, 13 9:10 PM

Among A-type bulbs, the most common, LEDs will outsell incandescents in North America in 2014 - - - perhaps due to incandescents being banned by our friendly government :) Great when the government kills your competition for you.......by the way, incandescents are 100% efficient during furnace season.

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gurquhartJan. 23, 13 5:25 PM

Sorry, davehoug, but you are wrong. Incandescents aren't anywhere near "100% efficient" during furnace season. Unless you believe that electric heat is efficient, of course. In reality as most northern-state residents realize, electric heat is the most expensive way to heat your home. That's true whether you have electric baseboard heating or you have your house filled with 100-watt incandescent bulbs giving off inadvertent heat. But I hope you get enjoyment out of hating on "the gummint" while you sit under the old-fashioned glow and heat of the incandescent bulbs that I assume you are stockpiling in your basement before they completely disappear off store shelves.

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