Instant on: New GE bulb combines halogen, CFL in incandescent format

Instant on: New GE bulb combines halogen, CFL in incandescent format

Summary: Love the efficiency of CFLs but hate waiting for them to brighten up when you flip the switch?Then you will appreciate that the lighting division of GE has designed a hybrid lightbulb that combines the brightness of halogen lighting with the energy-efficiency principles of compact fluorescent technology in the familiar incandescent format.

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Love the efficiency of CFLs but hate waiting for them to brighten up when you flip the switch?

Then you will appreciate that the lighting division of GE has designed a hybrid lightbulb that combines the brightness of halogen lighting with the energy-efficiency principles of compact fluorescent technology in the familiar incandescent format. The product, which is called the Energy Smart Soft White and Reveal, is part of the company's Earth Day publicity splash, which is when it will hit store shelves. The product will carry a retail price of anywhere from $5.99 to $9.99, the company figures.

Said Kristin Gibbs, general manager of consumer marketing for GE Lighting:

"It looks like an incandescent in size and shape, but it's really three bulbs in one. The instant brightness factor makes our new hybrid halogen-CFL more versatile than other CFLs. It's an optimal choice for use in hallways, stairways, kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere immediate brightness is essential."

The new bulbs will still offer up to 8 times the light span of their incandescent cousins (which is 8,000 hours versus 1,000 hours). They will replace standard 60-watt and 75-watt incandescent bulbs.

Even if the anti-everything-environmental element currently presiding over Washington succeeds in thwarting the federal lighting efficiency standards that would start phasing out 100-watt incandescent bulbs in 2012 (with other wattages to follow), this sounds like a pretty cool product and one that I can appreciate after using CFLs in my kitchen for a few months. Note to self.

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  • RE: Instant on: New GE bulb combines halogen, CFL in incandescent format

    They always state a short life span for incandescent but mine almost always last 5 years and more.
    There are several in my house that are over ten years old.
    They dimmer lights and the motion lights don't work well with CFL yet.
    MoeFugger
  • RE: Instant on: New GE bulb combines halogen, CFL in incandescent format

    Yes the short life span of the incandescent bulb is a myth. When used with a slide dimmer, many of my bulbs have lasted 10+ years.
    Matthew Spicka
  • RE: Instant on: New GE bulb combines halogen, CFL in incandescent format

    I really don't believe that the CFLs last anywhere near a long as claimed; the problem seems to be the cheap electronics. The old fashioned four-footers go on and on and on....
    Bill4
  • RE: Instant on: New GE bulb combines halogen, CFL in incandescent format

    CFLs do not work in environment where they do not get switched on and off often, e,g, inside a house. They would last for example in an area where lights are switched on and remain on for long periods of time e.g. perimiter lights outside your house that go on at dusk and switch off at dawn.
    The reason is that the starter electronics in the base of the bulb cannot cope with high levels of switching that would occur for example when entering and leaving a room. I have simply offset my electricity sac=vings with high CFL replacement / maintenance costs.
    uthmaan.hendricks@...
  • There's only one reason companies like GE market these kinds of things...

    As with hybrid cars, the end product is sufficiently more complex that they are able to charge more for it and make more money. If someone came up with a simple (and cheap) way to make an energy efficient bulb, the tech would quietly be bought and buried.

    Carmakers are happy to sell you hybrid cars because they cost more. They're selling you a car AND a 1000 pounds of batteries. Cha-ching.

    There is a company in Florida called Cyclone that makes an amazing external combustion engine but they can't get any traction with the big carmakers because the engine has so few parts and does away with so many other parts (the transmission in particular) that the carmakers wouldn't be able to make as much money off of it.

    These things are marketed as "progress" but it's really just more of the same.
    jack@...
  • Instant on, indeed

    If I was going to come out with a lightbulb that cost five to ten dollars, I would get ready for the launch by contributing millions of dollars to politicians to get them to put in place "energy saving standards" so that cheaper lightbulbs would have to be taken off the market.

    That's what I'd do.

    Whether GE did that or not, I'll leave to <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cycle=2008&cid=n00009638">OpenSecrets.org</a>. $499,000 to Barack Obama, and presto! Energy saving lightbulbs and a law that says you have to use them!

    Saving the planet is so cool!
    Robert Hahn
  • What I don't get...

    ... is that CFLs are so good at saving the environment, yet every CFL has mercury in it. So do the long tubes, mercury vapor bulbs, and metal halide bulbs. The only bulbs of this type that don't are sodium vapor, but who wants the insides of their house bathed in a harsh orange light? I vote that GE, Osram-Sylvania, and others quit over-charging us on LED and phase out CFLs in the process.
    Champ_Kind
  • RE: Instant on: New GE bulb combines halogen, CFL in incandescent format

    Just thinking that CFL's are the worst product I have ever spent money on. Even the excess consumption of intoxicating beverages in my younger days was a better use of my money than CFL's! At least I enjoyed the alcohol when it was being imbibed. Every time I turn on a CFL here I am irritated that such a piece of excrement would ever be allowed to be marketed - much less promoted as good for the environment.
    The light is slow to appear, it can not compare to incandescent quality, and the CFL dies far more often than the old incandescents did. What a travesty!
    ben_j_dover@...
  • RE: Instant on: New GE bulb combines halogen, CFL in incandescent format

    All of you that replied must be part of the "anti-everything-environmental element currently presiding over Washington" that the author refers to. Stop thinking logically and start "feeling".
    david_baldon@...
    • RE: Instant on: New GE bulb combines halogen, CFL in incandescent format

      @david_baldon@... I don't understand how these light bulbs are environmentally friendly at all. Have you read all steps that have to be taken to protect yourself if one breaks? You need hazmat training just to clean it up. It scares me having these things in the house with my grandchildren.
      jvoyles@...
    • RE: Instant on: New GE bulb combines halogen, CFL in incandescent format

      @david_baldon@... Interesting, learned knee-jerk reaction David. FYI I have had my own yard and kitchen waste compost bin in operation for several decades. Our recycle bin always contains more than our trash bin. I could continue - it probably would be irrelevant.
      What I will say unequivocally is that in our household under our use conditions CFL's are a dismal failure. They fail sooner than incandescants - the illumination is subpar - at a cost that is much more than the equivalent incandescent.
      Save your economic cost argument for somewhere else - the CFL will fail that dismally!!! If you wish I can substantiate that as well -
      In the end - do not lump me in with the retrograde luddite wannabes that currently hold the House of Representatives - and would like to return to the days of yesteryear with coal fired lanterns and horse drawn transport.
      ben_j_dover@...