Home Depot shines with introduction of $20 LED light bulb

Home Depot shines with introduction of $20 LED light bulb

Summary: Buying eco-friendly products is finally becoming affordable. Home Depot has unveiled the EcoSmart LED, which reportedly boasts a life expectancy of up to 22 years.

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Buying eco-friendly products is finally becoming affordable. Home Depot has unveiled the EcoSmart LED, which reportedly boasts a life expectancy of up to 22 years. Although, it's only guaranteed to last for five years.

The EcoSmart A19 light blub, the first of the EcoSmart series, produces approximately 429 lumens and is the equivalent of a 40W blub. However, Home Depot argues that their bulb will use up to 80% less energy than a comparable 40-watt incandescent light bulb, and consumers should see a reduction of up to $155 for energy costs over the life of the A19 bulb.

Geared for indoor uses (table lamps, ceiling fixtures, etc.), the energy-efficient A19 costs $19.97 per bulb. Sure, that seems like a lot for just a light bulb, but it's probably better to look at this as more of an investment as the A19 bulb will "pay for itself" in under two years in energy and replacement bulb savings.

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  • Cold, harsh light

    LED bulbs usually have cold, harsh light, with a lot of blue in it. The blue makes you awake, which is not what you want in the evening. It also makes colors look unnatural. That makes them unsuitable for the home.
    The cold light is at its worse with the cheap lamps, and the ones that have high energy efficiency, as this is inherent with the way white light LED lamps are made.
    You don't want to put up with such lamps for 22 years.
    Ewald64
    • RE: Home Depot shines with introduction of $20 LED light bulb

      @Ewald64
      Hey, this bulb does not put out a blue light. It puts out more of a "warm" color. Actual Color Temperature (K) : 3032 ????F. http://www.bravolight.com/images/color_temp.gif
      ahb58632
      • RE: Home Depot shines with introduction of $20 LED light bulb

        @ahb58632 I stand corrected, as to the color temperature, which seems just a little more than ordinary bulbs (2600 K).
        However, LED lamps this price will have a color spectrum that is nothing like that of an ordinary light bulb. There'll be a big spike of blue light in the spectrum at about 450nm, very little blue-green, violet, and red, but it will have yellow, orange and yellow-green. Colors will look unnatural.
        Ewald64
  • Umm . . . so the bulb draws 8 watts?

    I do the math and get 8 watts actual power draw. Is that what's on the label?

    Other unanswered questions: Is it dimmable?

    What is the color of the light? Acceptable warm white, or is it still a sickly blue light like the vast majority of past LED 'white' lights. Some progress has been made, but what about this bulb?

    But - $20 is a great price for that kind of energy efficiency. That's about half of what we've seen.
    ArtInvent
    • RE: Home Depot shines with introduction of $20 LED light bulb

      @ArtInvent
      hey, the led bulb is dimmable. The Actual Color is Temperature (K) : 3032 ????F, which is a "warm" color.
      ahb58632
  • Alex

    Hey all-I have some LED bulbs in my home from Phillips, and I think that they put out a nice "warm" color. The newer led bulbs do not produce the blue light, but more like light an incandescent produces. I think that $20 is not bad for a bulb that lasts for 22 years, plus it is dimmable as well. I will probably go out and buy one of two to reduce my carbon footprint. I think that everyone should go out and buy at least a few.
    ahb58632
  • I dont think I have any indoor bulbs that are 40W

    that doesnt seem bright enough for room light unless youre sitting in a chair right under the lamp
    Johnny Vegas
  • 40 watts is not enough light

    I think I'll wait for the next generation of LED bulbs
    rikkidegraz