$50 Worth of LEDs May One Day Replace Your Basic 100-Watt Light Bulb. Soon.

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Get ready to dump your power-hungry incandescent light bulbs and replace them with some LED-inspired lighting. The government phase-out of current 100-watt incandescent bulbs goes into effect January 2012 and, like it or not, LED may be the replacement.

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Light bulb manufacturers are looking at LEDs because they're energy-efficient and easily mass produced. All it takes is a handful of these light-emitting diodes and some bright engineers to figure out how to cram them into a standard pear-shaped bulb. Progress comes with a price tag and these 100-watt LED bulbs may cost as much as $50 each when they first arrive. Don't panic as these prices will go down, eventually. [AP]

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WestwoodDenizen
WestwoodDenizen

If LED light bulbs are easily mass produced, why would they cost so much? If the raw materials are so expensive that easy mass production can't get 100W under $50, I don't think LED is the way to go. I'll go back to candlelight before I start paying $50 for a light bulb.