Tuesday, February 02, 2016

General Electric Joins the Move from CFL Bulbs to LEDs

CFLs to the dustbin (Credit: Shutterstock) Click to Enlarge.
General Electric, a leader in the lighting market, has announced that it will stop manufacturing compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs by the end of the year and increasingly shift production to LED (light emitting diode) bulbs, which last longer, produce a better-quality light, and are rapidly declining in price.  

The move highlights a trend away from CFL bulbs, which several years ago were the go-to choice for energy-saving bulbs to replace energy-intensive incandescent light bulbs.  “Now is the right time to transition from CFL to LED,” said GE lighting executive John Strainic.  The price of an LED bulb has fallen from $30 to $5 in recent years and continues to decline. 

Retail giant Ikea abandoned CFL bulbs last year and now sells only LED lights, and other major retailers like Walmart are expected to follow suit — a move welcomed by environmental groups, which laud the large energy savings from LEDs.

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