Skip to comments.Triple Lutz Report--$50 Light Bulbs-Thanks to Your Dim Bulbs in Congress--Episode 169
Posted on 03/09/2012 9:59:46 AM PST by appeal2
A trip to Home Depot this weekend revealed the shocking news that while some incandescent (Edison) bulbs are still available, our choice of bulbs has come down to: awful compact fluorescent bulbs that are hazardous to the environment and cost more; halogen bulbs, which cost many times the price of a regular bulb; and, the new and improved $50 LED bulb. While the LED bulbs are cool, 50 bucks is an outrageous price to be on the bleeding edge of technology. And for what purpose, to cut power consumption to stop non-existent global warming? I hope you're as outraged as I am.
While we're on the topic of the government screwing everything up, the Chevy Volt is truly a tragedy. Government intervention and plain-old bad marketing have turned a technological masterpiece into a product failure. My personal opinion is that when gasoline hits the $6 per gallon level, this car will reinvent itself and turn into a major best-seller. But, the damage to Government Motors and American technological prowess has already been done.
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The motto of our new overlords is “Pay More, Get Less”. It’s true in every area of our Happy New Life.
Like Flukes condoms.. 50 dollars is over priced. 60 watt equivalent bulbs are around 20 bucks shipped if you shop it right.
I however won’t buy them.
My lightbulbs? My dishwasher soap? My toilet? Nothing works as well as it used to -- because the Big, Powerful, Expensive central government is hell-bent on "helping" me.
I’ve bought enough normal, non-toxic lightbulbs that my grandkids should be well-supplied.
And I’m 21.
Well incandescent light bulbs have a life span of 1000 hours. LED light bulbs have lifespans of 25000-50000 hours, during which the light doesnt burn out it emits is 70% of the level. So, yes in the longterm it is worth it. Also it consumes roughly 90% less power which means lower electricity bills.
“bulbs for boobs” program to help defray cost for people on foodstamps.
Not sure what new fangled bulbs I have but they are great for reading but take 15 seconds or so to get to their brightest level which sucks. I was changing bulbs in one lamp couple times per year but have never changed the new bulb yet and it is at least a year old.
Lower energy bills with these new bulbs is pretty much a myth in the northern states. Since we heat our homes for many more days than we air condition, it turns out the "wasted" energy, on regular light bulbs, adds heat to our homes, so it lowers our heating bills. And on the days when we do run the AC it is sunny until late in the day so we rarely even turn on the lights.
In my home I do not believe the new bulbs will save any energy at all.
Brad Paulsen, merchant for the light-bulb category at Home Depot, the largest U.S. seller of light bulbs. This is a Cadillac product, and thats why you have a premium on it.
How the expensive bulb won a $10 million government prize meant to foster energy-efficient affordability is one of the curiosities....
Another campaign contributer gets awarded....Issa should look into this....LEDs have been on the market for years and can be effective but my experience with them is they because of the components in their circutry breaks down don’t last as long as they claim.
Depending on where you buy them you may or may not get a replacmeent. But if you do get them buy them where you can get a replacement guarantee because they are expensive.
“LEDs have been on the market for years and can be effective but my experience with them is they because of the components in their circutry breaks down dont last as long as they claim.”
Same experience here. I bought a 5W LED floodlight at Walmart. It had a large cluster of lights. It lasted 6 months before the power circuits died, one pie-shaped segment at a time. Also, the light from LEDs is very harsh and unpleasant.
The last I looked the MTBF for nautical use LED light bulbs was 10,000 hours. That is about 416 days of continuous 24hr a day use. If you use it only 8hrs a day you are now looking at is nearly 4 years of use.
The idiots who pushed this effort have no business model to follow. proof of statement - how many Circuit City mega stores are still operating? Buying a light bulb once every 4 years; what kind of stock level is needed to support it? Talk about a loss leader!
As an amusing aside, just wait until the incandescent bulbs burn out in Americans garage door openers. The average guy replaces it with a CFL bulb. Not a good idea. And approx. have the range. How many people will activate their remote in their car and expect the door to be up when their front bumper arrives? Surprise!
right now its only 100 watt bulbs than you cannot get, you can only buy 100 watt in the new bulbs...I have been stashing bulbs for quite a while...the dollar stores are full of bulbs but no 100 watts...
I just checked on eBay and there are all kinds of 100 watt “old fashion” light bulbs for sale.
its worth a look. I use to sell on ebay....
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