GE’s Energy Smart line of LED incandescent replacement light bulbs are slated to hit stores within the next 16 months. The replacement for the dimmable 60-watt bulb will come make its debut in November, in the form of a 13-watt, smart LED.
By the end of 2012, the replacements for both 75-watt and 100-watt GE bulbs will be available in 18 and 27-watt varieties. The bulbs are expected to last up to two decades, based on three hours of use per day. According to trade data, the 60-watt bulb is the most popular light bulb worldwide, followed by the 100-watt, 75-watt, and 40-watt variations.
Lighting companies are continuing to roll out their replacement bulbs as The U.S. House of Representatives recently failed to pass H.R. 2417, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act (BULB). The legislation would have repealed energy efficiencystandards for light bulbs. The law forces manufacturers to phase out conventional 100-watt bulbs in 2012 and eliminate 75 and 60-watt incandesents by 2014.
GE isn’t the only company introducing replacement bulbs. Both Sylvania and Philips have introduced their versions of LED replacement bulbs, which are said to use one-tenth of the power of incandasent bulbs. GE says it’s bulbs will offer superior incandasent-like dimming quailities.