Skip to comments.Paying $60 For A Light Bulb That Lasts 20 Years Is Kind Of A No-Brainer (Really?!)
Posted on 04/23/2012 3:19:08 PM PDT by SMGFan
After months in development, Philips is finally ready to sell LED light bulbs that last 20 years. Could be quite a game-changer after all, if you didn't have to change a light bulb between now and when your unborn child graduates from high school, just think of all the precious minutes you could spend on other tasks. And the environment would surely thank you.
Philips put the $60-bulb on sale yesterday, which was also Earth Day, of course. The bulb uses LED otherwise known as light-emitting diodes to light things up, instead of filaments, reports BBC News.
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$60, huh you can already buy the LED bulbs for way less.
There are companies coming out in a few months with 75 watt equivalent bulbs for around $15 that last 20+ years.
I am an LED believer. Though I can’t comment on this bulb specifically, and the good LED lights may still be a couple of years out.
If the $20 price is legit then I would buy a few for the garage, basement, etc.
It will last for 20 years?
So they have had one for 20 years in use and it lasted that long?
What if it breaks?
I would estimate that I have spent maybe 10 to 15 precious minutes in the last 20 yrs changing lightbulbs. For that I am supposed to spend $1500 replacing all the bulbs in my house? /s
Let’s see, I usually get one year out of a plain old Edison bulb which costs about 50 cents. .50 x 20 years = $10.00. Call me when your LED bulb costs $10.
The lighting quality will sell it. If the lighting quality sucks, it will be off the market in a hurry.
Only way I’m paying $60 for a light bulb is if it gets installed for me, by a naked Playmate, while I’m sitting directly under it. I don’t care how long they last, light bulbs just ain’t worth 60 bucks.
LEDs are amazing, but all the hype is bullsht. The market will develop when the technology is ready.
Of course there are times when you want warm light! For that, incandescents are perfect.
I will not buy it. I will not use them. I do not believe them.
60 years is a long time. Lamps get knocked over. Power spikes burn out bulbs. Newer technology.
Hell... If you move you have to take your light bulbs with you. I guess you just buy a half dozen and carry them around the house with you. Better yet get one of those flashlight head straps and wear it around the house. Say I’ve got maybe 20 bulbs in my house. That’s $1200. I’d have to make payments.
Doesn’t seem too practical.
I’ve been stockpiling incadescents. Not using the new bulbs until there are no more incadescents left.
Every CFL bulb I have tried has underperformed the regular bulbs for both lumens and life.
It doesn’t say anything about the color. I think LED bulbs will be the wave of the future, but first, they need to get the color right. That will probably be by mixing different led elements to produce a good color that people can live with.
I’ve used compact flourescents for years in our house. Some makes give off a horrible color, but (I hate to say it) GE bulbs are a pleasant color to live with, IMHO.
We save a ton of money on our electric bills. LED bulbs would be even better, but first they need to get the price down and get some livable color from them. Also, unless you want spotlights, they also need to develop bulbs that give light that isn’t all directed one way. Indirect lighting only goes so far.
I will not buy it. I will not use them. I do not believe the hype about them.
Sorry I would pay a naked playmate 60 bucks to change my light bulb.
bfd as is often said. IIRC, there are a couple of actual Edison bulbs still burning after almost 100 years (or more-didn’t do a search on it today)after first lighting.
It’s like a table dance. Only at home. And you get a free light bulb.