LED bulbs are cool the touch, last up to 35 years, are more energy efficient than incandescents, and are getting better and better in terms of color of light. Traditionally, however, they’ve come with a higher price tag than their predecessors. Cree and Philips are both now boasting lower prices, meaning you can replace all your incandescent bulbs house-wide for not a lot of dough and start reaping the benefits. An added bonus, these bulbs are ENERGY STAR certified, meaning they meet certain qualifications for energy efficiency for added peace of mind and Energy Efficiency program rebates.
The Cree LED 75–watt Replacement Bulb looks and lights like a traditional bulb, but uses 82% less energy and is designed to last 25 times longer than a traditional incandescent. Delivering 1100 lumens and consuming only 13.5 watts, Cree’s 75-watt LED Bulb is now $15.97 without any utility rebates and with a 10-year limited warranty and ENERGY STAR certification. Cree also offers 40W Soft White and 60W Soft White bulbs currently retailing for $9.97 each.
“Affordability was only one of the barriers to LED adoption we sought to break, both through breakthrough pricing and the availability of additional utility rebates. The others were to provide consumers an LED bulb alternative that looks and lights like the traditional bulbs consumers love, but delivers value they’ve never had before in long lifetime and massive energy cost savings,” says Mike Watson, Vice President of Product Strategy, Cree. “In the past year, the Cree LED Bulb has clearly opened consumers’ minds and competitors’ eyes. We remain committed to driving continued affordability without compromising the performance consumers deserve. The combination of continual innovation from Cree and vibrant, but uncompromised, competition only helps consumers and further enhances LED lighting adoption.”
And this is certainly a competitive space. Philips SlimStyle 60-watt bulb LED flat bulb is a dollar less than Cree’s model at $8.97 at Home Depot and on Amazon. It too just received ENERGY STAR certification. That’s not including any Energy Efficiency program rebates. For example, in CT, HI, IN, MA, ME, MI, NJ, NV, RI, UT, WA and Washington, DC, consumers could see pricing as low as $3.97 at The Home Depot. Residents of Maine could see prices drop as low as $1.97 after Efficiency Maine rebates. SlimStyle puts out over 800 lumens while using 10.5 watts of power. According to Philips, SlimStyle’s flat surface conducts heat away from the LEDs, eliminating the need for the bulky aluminum heat sinks associated with LED bulbs.
Of course, if you’re like me, rebates are a pain and I inevitably end up forgetting about them or losing the paperwork. Either way, these prices are great for LED bulbs that will last you half a lifetime!
For a full listing of the utilities or programs offering rebates, visit http://www.usa.lighting.philips.com/lightcommunity/trends/utility_rebates/map.wpd.