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.
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.