Would You Pay $50 For A Light Bulb?
I’m tired of changing light bulbs, especially in those hard to reach spots. Know what I mean? Even ones that claim to last a long time… really don’t. So this claim caught my attention: a light bulb that will glow for 20 years!
Can you imagine not having to get the ladder out and replacing a bulb until 2032? Starting this Sunday… which happens to be Earth Day… you can buy one at places like Home Depot. But it won’t come cheap.
$50 for a light bulb!
The new LED light bulb from Philips goes for 50 bucks… but it’s claimed to have a lifetime of 30-thousand hours, or 20 years. Philips CEO Ed Crawford told CNN it’s time to change the way we think about light bulbs. “The consumer is used to thinking of light bulbs as something inexpensive that they throw away,” says Crawford. “It’s a disposable product. And really what we need to get consumers to recognize, it’s not how much you pay for a light bulb, it’s how much it costs to run a light bulb.”
“I need 45 of those please.”
The Philips LED bulb is said to consume only 10W and is expected to save some $8 a year, if used for four hours a day. Considering the life of the bulb, it should make up for the investment in a few years time itself. But $50? The average U.S. home uses 45 light bulbs, so replacing all of them would run $2,250. Ouch! Phillips is working with utility companies to offer some deals, slashing costs to $20 or $30 for a bulb, after rebates.
Come Earth Day would you fork over 50 bucks for an energy-efficient light bulb, with hopes it might last 20 years? Or will you keep spending a quarter for those cheap bulbs and keep that ladder handy to change them?