Best Buy is selling the country's first 60-watt equivalent LED light bulb for $10

  • Article by: John Ewoldt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 18, 2013 - 9:05 PM

The retailer is selling a less expensive 60-watt LED bulb, but some worry that cheaper bulbs will underwhelm consumers.

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johnbaranickMay. 19, 13 6:24 AM

Pretty simple. People aren't buying the 60W equivalents because what they (and most all of us) use in their homes are 75W and 100W bulbs. The article even state that a reason for slow sales is due to people "stocking up" on those sizes. Doesn't matter how cheap it is if it doesn't fulfill the need. When they come up with 75W and 100W equivalent LED bulbs, they will sell just fine.

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elind56May. 19, 13 8:46 AM

Leave it to government to make a federal case out of light bulbs. Yes...light bulbs. The whole thing stunk, still stinks, and I have enough incandescents to last me 20 years. Maybe by then I won't have to take out a loan to buy a stupid light bulb. Yes...light bulb.

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davehougMay. 19, 13 9:12 AM

Incandescent bulbs are 100% efficient during furnace season......just saying :)

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swmnguyMay. 19, 13 9:25 AM

Buying LED bulbs requires a fair amount of re-learning. I used to be able to buy a 75W or 100W bulb, and choose between warm or cool or "daylight." Now the wattage isn't the determining factor. I need to know more about light to buy the right LED bulb.

If you're looking for what we used to think of as a 100W bulb, you're looking for something that puts out around 1700 lumens. For a 75W bulb, it's about 1200 lumens. The higher the "color temperature," the more blue the light is. "Warm" light is more like 2800°K; "Cool" light is around 5000°K.

That said, LED lightbulbs are far from uniform yet. It's a pretty new industry. I bought a really cheap 3-pack at Costco ($18 for 3) a year ago, and one of them didn't work at all. The other two were supposedly 60W replacement, but I put one at the bottom of the basement stairs and it seems as bright as the 100W incandescent it replaced.

On a bathroom vanity lightbar, I replaced 4 @ 40W incandescents with 2 @ 4W LED, and 2 @ 9W CFLs. The LEDs had a high color temperature; the CFL's had a low (warm) color temperature. It worked great, and instead of 160W of power consumption, that light bar now uses 26W. Which makes a difference when you have a teenaged girl who can't ever remember to turn the darned thing off before leaving the house.

Once the industry standardizes, LEDs will be great, and you will notice a decrease in your electric bill. The higher cost of LEDs will balance that out in the short term, but those prices will come down, and the longevity of the good LED bulbs will end up paying for themselves in a fraction of their lifespan. LEDs have already revolutionized entertainment lighting, and slashed power consumption.

It will take some adjustment, but it's going to be a very good thing for consumers eventually.

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IHATELOGINS0May. 19, 1311:31 AM

Xcel Energy and many others brainwashed all of us to switch to CFLs to save power, save energy, be green, and most of all save money on our power bill. Now that we all have CFLs and our power bill is lower, they are not making as much money and have to now raise our rates ANYWAY to please shareholders. What's the point of a $10 bulb when my energy bill is the same with a $1 bulb?

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baseball91May. 19, 13 2:29 PM

Why do I have to rely on fact presented by swmnguy? Why wasn't this in the article? His/her comment if true was valuable. Nice free add for Best Buy. I wonder if Home Depot sells this stuff too.

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ThegonagleMay. 19, 13 4:05 PM

To answer a previous commenter's question, Home Depot does sell several different types of these at a wide range of prices, many of them carrying the same Xcel subsidy. Ikea has also jumped into the game with several different types of replacement LED bulbs with reasonable performance at a reasonable price.

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mrprogressiveMay. 19, 13 5:07 PM

Are they made in China and do I have to go to a obnoxious place like Best Buy to get them? If the answer is yes to either question, I will not buy them regardless of price.

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la55122May. 20, 13 9:22 PM

Best Buy is pretty desperate for something new to sell. I have bought LED lights on-line and at home stores. Home Depot has recently started selling US made LED lights made by "Cree" the acknowledged leader in LED light sources. Getting the price down to 5 bucks and US made are the ticket to getting everybody switching.

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