And the winner is..............Only $50.00 for one

Of course when you take a holiday everything gets pushed back and the posts I am working on got pushed back when this topic caught my eye.

As dyed in the wool incandescent light bulb consumer, I found this quite funny but in that oh so serious way that gives one pause, and a pain in the wallet. If you are foolish enough to shell out $50.00 for the new winning light bulb in the The U.S. government's 'L bulb' competition, I have a Chevy Volt for sale too. The prize was 10 million dollars and the winner has been announced and it is only $50.00 a whack.

Only $50.00!?! What a bargain and I bet Steven Chu is not at the front of the line to stock up on these. Think moochelle and bary are rushing to change out all the lights in the White House with these? Even if these bulbs work great like some of the CFL and LED that we can freely buy, the cost is ridiculous and I do not care if this is the way the future of lighting is headed. This is a perfect example of why the government should stay out mandating such foolishness.

I will be sure to add to our growing inventory of obsolete incandescent bulbs later on today. One by one, the government is taking away or rights in even the must basic and mundane areas. And you think the government can run health care after a debacle like this?

From the Washington Post.


Government-subsidized green light bulb carries costly price tag

The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the prize would spur industry to offer the costly bulbs, known as LEDs, at prices “affordable for American families.” There was also a “Buy America” component. Portions of the bulb would have to be made in the United States.

Now the winning bulb is on the market.

The price is $50.

Retailers said the bulb, made by Philips, is likely to be too pricey to have broad appeal. Similar LED bulbs are less than half the cost.

“I don’t want to say it’s exorbitant, but if a customer is only looking at the price, they could come to that conclusion,” said Brad Paulsen, merchant for the light-bulb category at Home Depot, the largest U.S. seller of light bulbs. “This is a Cadillac product, and that’s why you have a premium on it.”

How the expensive bulb won a $10 million government prize meant to foster energy-efficient affordability is one of the curiosities that arise as the country undergoes a massive, mandated turnover from traditional incandescent lamps to more energy-efficient ones.

Read the entire article here.


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