So, apparently, the Philips 60W equivalent LED light bulb that won a prize for lighting efficiency (even though it was the only entrant) is getting a price cut in honor of Earth Day from $60 down to an amazing $26 (on Amazon here)! According to the Philips website, this bulb is so amazing, it outputs 825 lumens while only using 12.5W and will last for 30,000 hours of use!
Now, let’s put that into perspective. A standard GE “Energy Smart” 60W equivalent CFL bulb (available from Amazon here, as well), outputs the exact same 825 lumens, while drawing (gasp!), a whole 13W (1/2 a watt more for those of you mathematically impaired). Now, you may ask, how long does it last, though? The life expectancy of one of these inferior bulbs is only 10,000 hours, a full third less than the amazing Philips LED bulb! You may have to buy 3 of these to match the lifetime of the Philips LED bulb. How much do you have to pay for such an inferior product? $1.05/each… I rest my case.