It wasn’t that long ago (2007) that I built a house and begged a manufacturer of LED Bulbs (located in Texas) to supply me 10 LED bulbs to use for show inside a house I had on an Austin Green Building Homes Tour. At that time those LED bulbs were selling for $120 per bulb! They shipped them to me and I talked them into letting me keep two of the 10 and only ship back 8. Funny story, both those bulbs died within 2 years! Youch.
LED wasn’t ready for prime-time in those years so from about 2005 till 2012 I’ve used a lot of Compact Florescent bulbs. They are really energy efficiency, they last a few years, but they contain mercury, and many suffer from slow start up times.
Well, a lot has happened behind the scenes in the LED world since I got those super pricy bulbs in 2007. Enter the CREE 60W replacement bulb ($10!) I’ve been testing these since they first got released last year and they have been terrific!Read More »