Cree LED Mimics Incandescent’s Shape And Low Price (Kinda)

As the incandescent light bulb draws closer to its final hour here in the United States, more of us are switching to more energy-efficient alternatives. A recent Slyvania survey found that most Americans look forward to the phase out, and in anticipation, at least 10 percent have switched to LEDs.

For many, however, the high price of LEDs still forces many to opt for the less environmentally-friendly CFL. A new offering from the Cree lighting company may change that, however. The company recently introduced a new long-lasting LED bulb that looks like a traditional bulb and costs less than $10.

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Image via Cree

You’re certainly not going to be able to purchase them in packs of four for a dollar, but the price reduction achieved by Cree’s latest offering is impressive. With a retail price of $9.97 for the warm white 40-watt replacement, Cree breaks the $10 barrier on which most other light bulb manufacturers remain stuck. Retail prices for other wattages include $12.97 for the 60-watt warm white replacement and $13.97 for the 60-watt day light. And unlike those uber cheap incandescent  the Cree LED bulbs uses 84 percent less energy and lasts 25 times longer.

The Cree LED’s familiar shape means it can be placed into any light fixture in the home, without alteration. The innovative bulb is illuminated by Cree LED Filament Tower Technology. This provides a compact optically balanced light source within a real glass bulb that delivers the warm light consumers want.

The Cree LED bulbs are backed by a 10-year limited warranty and available exclusively at The Home Depot.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

  • Halogenica

    Do you get paid for writing these PR articles? Have you tested the bulb yourself?

    The outer bulb shape similarity does not make it any more similar to incandescent light than petrol poured into a milk bottle would make it milk.

    1. What is the CRI? Lower than the perfect colour rendition of incandescent lights as all LEDs and CFLs presumably?

    2. What is its Power Factor? Lower than the perfect PF of incandescent lamps presumably. This is the one thing usually skimped on when trying to get the price down. Lower PF means it uses more power than marked watts, and creates dirty electricity that degrades the power grid and can disrupt other electric appliances.

    http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/NLPIP/lightinganswers/pdf/view/LAPQ.pdf

    3. Has anyone seen it actually last 25 times longer and can show a certificate stating that it retained both its warm colour and brightness for that long? I wouldn’t think so.

    4. Have you checked how much the enviromnent is ruined in China in order to produce the rare earth metals needed to produce it?

    http://e360.yale.edu/feature/boom_in_mining_rare_earths_poses_mounting_toxic_risks/2614/

    • bethbot

      Hello Halogenica: No, I don’t get paid by the company to post on their behalf. No, I have not tested the Cree bulb myself, but most of what I’ve said here are just facts about its design and price. It’s fairly well accepted (DOE research, etc) that LEDs have longer life spans than any other type of light bulb, but you’re right, the specific claim of “25x longer” can only be known through actual use. As always, EarthTechling articles are meant to spark interest and we encourage our readers to investigate these technologies for themselves. You seem very well informed about LEDs, so I have no doubt you will be able to avoid any untruthful claims. -Beth