Today, 131 years after Thomas Edison was given a patent for the incandescent light bulb, the motivate for more economic lights grows by using the LED replacement bulbs to achieve the Edison-like quality.
More LED lights (light emitting diodes) are coming into the US market as the Congress-mandated phase of Edison's horse-and-buggy era creation starts next year. Cree, Inc. Said Thursday it has come up with the brightest, most efficient, LED light bulbs to replace the regular incandescent light bulbs for household.
"This is the first no give up alternative for a 60-watt incandescent bulb," Chuck Swoboda, the company's chairman and chief executive officer, said in the announcement. "In the race to commercialize low-cost, energy-efficient LED light bulbs, the industry has forgotten that LED lighting is designed to look as good as the technologies it is changing."
The bulb, not yet on the market in stores, is dimmable and uses less than 10 watts. Swoboda said it will be the very first LED to fulfill the US government's Energy Star prerequisites for 60 watt replacement bulbs when it comes to efficiency as well as light quality.
The Lighting Science Group Corporation has created a new group of LEDs, known as the Definity series. Home Depot has begun selling its nine-watt LED on the internet and also in stores.
Some other companies also have launched LED replacements for incandescents. Lighting Science Group mentioned last month that it was the first US company to make one million LED bulbs in less than a year. It revealed a LED A 19 replacement for the 60-watt incandescent which is dimmable, mercury-free and 80% more efficient. It says it will in the store below $ 30, starting this month, at The Home Depot.
Also to upgrade the 60-watt incandescent, America's best-selling light bulb, Royal Philips Electronics launched last year a 12-watt Endura LED and Osram Sylvania released its Ultra 12-watt A-line LED bulb to be sold this year at Lowe's. General Electric offers LED replacements, too.
Americans are getting more aware about the approaching US requirement for energy efficient lighting, but many stay in the dark about its points, based on a phone market research unveiled last month by Osram Sylvania.
A little bit more than a 3rd, or 36%, said they understood Congress passed legislation in 2007 to phase out a lot of traditional, incandescent light bulbs by 2014, up from 26% in 2009 and 21% in 2008. Yet only 19% believed that the 100-watt incandescent will be the first light bulb to be stopped from US stores, beginning in Jan. 1, 2012. California began implementing the phaseout this month, a year ahead of the US plan.
Overall, the LED bulbs will be the future for household and commercial lighting to save not only money but also the planet.