At last we're getting a standard-shape LED bulb that's bright enough for most home uses.
GE announced today that an LED replacement for the 100-watt incandescent bulb will reach store shelves early next year. Its 27-watt Energy Smart LED bulb, developed at Nela Park in East Cleveland, will be introduced this week at the Lightfair International trade show in Las Vegas.
The bulb produces the same amount of light as a 100-watt incandescent bulb and has the familiar pear shape and approximate size of an A19 bulb, also called an Edison bulb. It's also dimmable and reaches full brightness instantly.
The bulb should last for 25,000 hours, or 22.8 years if it's lighted for three hours a day. Unlike compact fluorescent bulbs, it contains no mercury.
Until now the brightest LED replacement bulbs produced light levels akin to a 60-watt bulb -- fine for lower-level ambient lighting, but too dim for task lighting or for brightening rooms significantly.
No word yet on how much the bulb will cost.