Just in time for Christmas, GE has introduced a new LED light bulb that uses dramatically less energy than CFL bulbs and will last an amazing 22.8 years.
The GE Energy SmartŪ LED bulb
uses just 9 watts of electricity while putting out the same amount of light as an old 40-watt incandescent bulb. It's meant for use in desk, bedside or hallway lamps, all of which are perfect for an omni-directional light source like this bulb. It's also mercury-free (unlike CFL bulbs).
The Energy Smart is a milestone consumer device: it's the first standard incandescent shaped (A-line) LED bulb to earn an ENERGY STARŪ rating.
Now of course, a 22.8-year light bulb won't come cheap. The GE Energy Smart costs $50, and that's a lot to pay for a single light bulb. But according to GE's own math, that initial investment will save you a tidy sum over those 22.8 years. At $.11 per kilowatt hour, the Energy Smart would cost just $1.08 per year (running at three hours a day). Comparably, a 40-watt incandescent bulb would cost you $4.82 a year, and that doesn't even figure in the cost to constantly replace the bulb. Talking energy use alone, the bulb will save you $85 over its lifetime, and that's not pocket change.
Oh, by the way, it comes with a 10-year warranty. When was the last time you saw any kind of warranty on a light bulb?
The GE Energy Smart is available online now
and will be for sale at select retailers in January.