Skip to comments.LED bulbs hit 100 watts as federal ban looms
Posted on 05/16/2011 5:49:24 PM PDT by verum ago
NEW YORK Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January.
Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect.
The new bulbs will also be expensive about $50 each so the development may not prevent consumers from hoarding traditional bulbs. The technology in traditional "incandescent" bulbs is more than a century old. Such bulbs waste most of the electricity that feeds them, turning it into heat. The 100-watt bulb, in particular, produces so much heat that it's used in Hasbro's Easy-Bake Oven.
To encourage energy efficiency, Congress passed a law in 2007 mandating that bulbs producing 100 watts worth of light meet certain efficiency goals, starting in 2012. Conventional light bulbs don't meet those goals, so the law will prohibit making or importing them. The same rule will start apply to remaining bulbs 40 watts and above in 2014. Since January, California has already banned stores from restocking 100-watt incandescent bulbs.
Creating good alternatives to the light bulb has been more difficult than expected, especially for the very bright 100-watt bulbs. Part of the problem is that these new bulbs have to fit into lamps and ceiling fixtures designed for older technology.
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How many politicians does it take to screw up a light bulb? ...The economy? ...Anything?
The LED tech really isn’t ready yet, as the price shows. Eventually, LED will be a great alternative. Unless you have a commercial application for LED, it makes no sense for anyone.
Way to ban something before its replacement is in place.
That $50 bulb might last several liftimes, however, which is worth considering.
The GOP could make up for a few of its missteps by voting to repeal the incandescent light bulb ban.
I am SO SICK of this government telling us what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.
IMO you don't need a 100-watt traditional bulb anyway. Buy the 60 watt bulbs.
$500 government hammers don’t sound quite as bad when light bulbs are $50.
Greetings verum ago:
We tried one of these LED lamps replacing an outdoor night light. The CFL lasted about three years. We’ll see how the LED holds up. This incandescent ban is going to make it difficult to keep newborn livestock warm.
Like oil and coal?
Someone needs to tell this journo school grad that the bulbs don't produced 100 Watts of light. They consume 100 Watts of power. Not the same thing.
How reliable is it? An LED will not run directly off of AC. It is a low voltage DC device.
Now, where in the hell is that written in our Constitution? Just where in the hell does congress get off telling us what to do in our homes with our lightbulbs? It's absurd.
This has got to stop. "Penumbra, 3 quarts per flush, privacy, abortion, seat belts, children's car seats, worthless and highly dangerous lightbulbs" . . . Good God! Where do these ba$tards get off telling us what to do without any authority whatsoever to do so?
Believe me, my wife and I are stockpiling "normal" lightbulbs so we'll have some for a long long time before the feds break down our door. Therefore, it sure sounds like we'll be breaking a federal law in a year or two. We will be lawbreakers. Can you believe this? It's insanity!
I heat my home 8 months out of the year. Who is the gov't to say this heat is "wasted?",p>
Yep, the whole world of lighting will be changing in a few years, bulbs will mostly disappear as we duplicate daylight in both large and small areas in a home.
The technology is fine - there just aren't enough factories mass-producing the bulbs yet. The price is going to come way down in the next couple of years.
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