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Philips' new $50 LED bulb gives off 940 lumens, consumes 9.7 watts, and would last 20 years if used four hours a day.
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I thought the target price for these (winners of a DOE prize) was under $20 each.
I am sure in twenty years when you have to replace the bulb it will be $20 adjusted for inflation.
So, why did Philips win the prize if they didn't hit the target prices (besides the fact that they were the ONLY entry)?
Most European countries in the Euro Zone still list how much you're paying for things in their former currencies before switching over, A baguette in France actually costs something like 6 Francs.
I have several of these in my home now. They're awesome. As my bulbs burn out, I have been replacing them with the Philips LEDs.
Damn. Nice specs. However, these squiglys that are supposed to last longer than our 60 watt bulbs die BEFORE the 60 watt. The lifetime rating for them is far below what it should have been. The problem i have is with this new concept is that the bulb hasn't been around for 20 years for us to 100% KNOW it will last that long. Until it at least can demonstrate a life of 5 years, I'm not investing
$50 for one no thanks I don't care what the specs are drop the price and then we will talk.
NICE, but color temperature at 2700K is to "pissy" give me 5000K
I'm excited about LEDs but $50 is just too much. Payback period is too long. I thought the prices for these was approaching $20 as seen at Home Depot. There are 60 W equivalent of dimmables below the $30 price point.
I don't think there is a bio hazard if an LED blub breaks. But there is a (very small) amount of mercury in every CF bulb. I also have a LED (spots and under the cabinets) in my home in the kitchen. They are very white but I like that for the kitchen. Very nice light, but very expensive at the time (2 years ago). I've had no problems with them yet. I bought a chepo LED spot from HomeDepot or Costco can't recall. It's okay but not light isn't defuse like the expensive ones are, poor lens. So we put in the stairs leading down to the basement. It works well there. We will go through the supply of CF bulbs we have and will then also replace with LEDs.
There is no bio hazard in a broken LED lamp +Gary Brisson.

+Camille Shim-Marinos Lamp life is generally determined based on what they call "Rated Average Life", which means that they turn on a crap load of lamps and when half of them burn out, that's the average life of the lamp. This is usually the way the life of fluorescent lamps is determined. LEDs actually never burn out, they just lose light output after a while and need to be replaced.
When trying to decide whether to purchase LED lamps, you generally want to look at the total hours for each lamp burned in your house.

20 lamps x 60 watts x 1 hour = 1200 watts of energy each hour the lamps are illuminated. Now take that number and turn it into 9 watt LEDs and you can calculate the cost savings. It doesn't usually appeal to people when looking at the cost of one LED lamp, but changing them all in your house, over the course of a year, you're saving a significant amount of electricity cost in just your lamp usage.
Even if they hit the $20 retail sales point, it still too much. a 13 watt CFL with similar output is under $5. If the LED's energy usage was around 6 watts and the price was around $15, it would be worth the initial investment.
I want an LED HVAC system and refrigerator.
I have a couple at home.  I like the light, could be brighter though.  I took out all the CFLs from my house.  

I was getting migraines and the doc asked me if I had any CFLs in the house?  I work from home mostly with three laptops going at once.  In the basement where I have my LEDs I had no migraines, but in the upstairs office where I had CFLs - migraines. I replaced them all with incandescent bulbs and no more migraines. 
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