Would You Pay $25 for an LED Lightbulb?

Would You Pay $25 for an LED Lightbulb?

Andie Powers
Oct 18, 2011

The Energy Independence Act of 2007 is in full swing with retailers and consumers. The Act requires 30 percent more energy efficiency in bulbs, which leads to more energy AND more money. Phasing out inefficient incandescent light bulbs and introducing more efficient LED light bulbs is a costly, yet beneficial, venture for both producers and consumers.

According to the Washington Post, "with dozens of new LED products coming to store shelves this year, the bulbmakers and retailers such as Home Depot aim to smash the dominant incandescent bulb. [. . .] The catch is that LED bulbs cost $25 or more apiece, so the companies are plotting ways to persuade Americans to make the investment."

Here in Seattle, we are pioneers for sustainability and environmentalism, but I'm wondering how the rest of the country feels about this change. Would more energy and durability (albeit, more cost) persuade you, as a consumer, to work towards energy efficiency? Or would you tend to err on the side of frugality by using less costly fluorescent bulbs?

Image: Willis Glassgow/AP, Washington Post

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