Why you don’t need a $40 light bulb

The 11-watt LED from Philips hit the market earlier this year, undercutting the average price of LEDs in its class by 40%.

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From the September/October 2013 issue of the magazine.

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Photograph by Jennifer Roberts

Photograph by Jennifer Roberts

The clock is quickly ticking down for consumers who have yet to make the switch from old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). By the end of this year, 40- and 60-watt incandescents will become black market items in Canada, with 75- and 100-watt versions set to be phased out by the end of 2014. The new bulbs will reduce your energy bills, but are expensive when compared with incandescents: CFLs cost about $5 each and longer-lasting LEDs can be $35 or more. Fortunately the 11-watt LED from Philips hit the market earlier this year, undercutting the average price of LEDs in its class by 40%. At $16.98, it’s a bit pricier than most CFLs, but is more efficient. The Philips model uses up to 80% less energy than a traditional bulb. In fact, if you use it three hours a day, you won’t have to change it again for 22 years.

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2 comments on “Why you don’t need a $40 light bulb

  1. The Cree 9.5W LED bulb is rated the best on the market, and is only $15 at Home Depot. I recommend it. Philips is behind when it comes to LED tech and their bulbs look stupid too.

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  2. There are cheaper bulbs than the Philips like the Luminus at Costco .In Ontario right now as long as the bulb is energy star rated there are save on energy coupons typically $5 off per bulb. GU-10 6W are $6.99 and Par20 8W are $9.99.I bought some to try and am quite impressed at the light output for such low wattage bulbs.

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