20-Year Light Bulb Now on Sale
Energy-saver hits stores for Earth Day
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2012 4:23 AM CDT
Updated Apr 29, 2012 12:59 PM CDT
LED bulbs like this prize-winner from Philips face competition from cheaper compact fluorescent lights.   (AP Photo/Philips)

(Newser) – An energy-saving light bulb capable of staying in service until 2032 hit the market yesterday to coincide with Earth Day. The LED light bulb—which won a $10 million US government eco-bulb prize—originally had a hefty $60 price tag but manufacturer Philips has arranged discounts and rebates to bring the price down to $25 in some areas, reports the BBC.

"Consumers are no longer looking at a product that will last just six months to a year, they are looking at a product that is much more efficient and will be with them for decades," a Philips exec says. Even at $25, the bulb may be a tough sell to strapped consumers, but its maker says it will save consumers $165 in energy costs over its lifetime—and if it replaced every 60-watt incandescent bulb in the US, the country would save $3.9 billion in electricity in just one year.

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Apr 29, 2012 9:06 PM CDT
and what's the catch with these? you drop one and you've got a mini chernobyl?
Apr 29, 2012 6:45 PM CDT
Strange. I remember my dad telling me how light bulbs used to last 20 years, but then they started making them with crap filaments. Rinse and repeat, they are now trying to charge an extortionate amount of money for 'all new' 20 year light bulbs. Hate to break it to all the star-struck commentators, but a TYPICAL super bright LED will easily give 5-10 years of CONTINUOUS operation. There is no new technology here, just a manufacturer, with a really expensive lightbulb for all the greenies to spend wadges of cash on. Hopefully everyone will leave enough money to one side for a hybrid car, or else we are doomed! Next, the 20 year washing machine. Wait didn't we used to have those as well?
Apr 29, 2012 6:26 PM CDT
...and then the power companies will raise their rates because they are losing money, they'd say.