From Dean Dowd on November 18, 2009 in Green Remodeling
The Panasonic EverLed Light Bulb released in Japan
Panasonic is revolutionizing lighting as we know it. The electronics company released a 60-watt LED light bulb in Japan to replace the old faithful incandescent once and for all. The debuting LED wattage is bright enough for household use, low enough for energy efficiency and able to burn for 19 years if used for 5.5 hours per day. All for the low yearly cost of $3. Thats 40 times longer and 85 percent cheaper annually than a comparable incandescent bulb.
Other companies, like Lighting Science, Osram Sylvania and Philips, are working on 40-watt LED bulbs since incandescents are wearing thin on sustainability and CFLs cant seem to shake their high-maintenance reputation for clean-up and disposal if broken. The speculated price for these bulbs is anywhere from $20 to $60 a bulb. But 40 watts at any price are not going to draw a crowd because theyre just not bright enough.
The 60-watt EverLeds are clearly the best option. The bulb could outlive all of us! And thats a good thing, especially for those high ceilings and hard-to-reach lights over the staircase. Who wants to climb up there again? And the $40 price tag doesnt sound half bad. With a brighter glow, longer life and serious annual savings, Panasonic may be onto something with lighting to outshine all others.