LED light bulbs require a big upfront investment with prices of about $20 each for a 40 watt bulb. I read on Deal News today that Home Depot is introducing a new line of Energy-Star low-cost LED light bulbs.
A company called Cree, an LED chips and part maker, is making energy efficient LED bulbs, to be sold at Home Depot, that come in two output capacities — 40-watt and 60-watt — and are priced from $9.97 to $13.97.
This can save us hundreds of dollars in electricity costs over a bulb’s lifetime. Plus, all Cree’s LED light bulbs come with a 10-year warranty.
Here is an excerpt from a review at the site The Verge:
“What’s more, these LEDs don’t seem to have a catch. They’re as bright, efficient, and long-lasting as practically anything on the market, and they look like incandescent light bulbs to boot. They’re on sale today, exclusively at The Home Depot in the following three configurations:
- $12.97 for a “warm white” 60-watt equivalent, providing 800 lumens of light for 9.5W of electricity, at a warm color temperature of 2,700K
- $13.97 for a “day light” 60-watt equivalent, with 800 lumens of light at a cost of 9W of electricity, at a cooler color temperature of 5,000K
- $9.97 for a “warm white” 40-watt equivalent, with 450 lumens of light for 6W of electricity, again at a warmer 2,700K.
For comparison, a typical 60-watt incandescent provides about 860 lumens, and you can get 900 lumens out of a 14-watt fluorescent, so they stack up pretty well there. All three Cree bulbs are rated to last 22.8 years, when used for about three hours a day, and at 9.5W the least efficient of the three is estimated to cost about $1.14 a year to light your home at that rate.” You can read the rest of the review here.
You can see the LED bulbs at the Home Depot website here and see if they are available at your local store or you can buy them online.
Here are some coupons to further reduce the cost: