On the Horizon: LED Lightbulbs

On the Horizon: LED Lightbulbs

Gregory Han
Feb 9, 2007

During our recent ATLA powwow with Maxwell, one of the topics discussed in detail was about the proposed legislation requiring CFL light bulbs and the ensuing reaction from you, our readers. Like many, we're torn between being good shepards of our planet, while also wanting pleasant interior lighting. Right now, it's definitely an issue of compromise we endorse, but with hopes of better solutions in the near future...a future which will likely include the technology of white light emitting diodes (LED).

Treehugger points out a couple of bulbs that reveal what may be in store for consumers in the coming years; these geek endorsed bulbs put out 308 and 594 lumens of light using the cool temp, energy efficient technology, but these bulbs cost about $65. Ouch! Talk about a serious investment. But as someone notes in the thread accompanying the post, LEDs are likely about 5 years behind CFL technology, so in coming years we should see better light quality and lower costs. You could always give LED lighting a try with this 1.3 Watt 110V LED Light Bulb (60 Watt equiv) for $5.99. Until then, we're sticking with our hybrid CFL/incandescent indoor lighting mix.

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