CFL’s dead in 2 years? Long live LED bulbs!

January 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm 3 comments

It looks like the battle between compact fluorescent and LED bulbs is going in favor of the challenger and that the CFL’s will be at the end of their usefulness in about 2 years.

Both on Cleantechnica ( and Ecofriend ( there is a story about a greatly more efficient LED bulb being developed athe University of Cambridge.

The origianl story is here on the Daily Mail site (–theyre-greener-eco-bulbs.html?ITO=1490).

Excerpt: “Even better, the bulbs fully illuminate instantly, unlike the current generation of eco-bulbs.

It is reckoned the bulbs, which were funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, could slash household lighting bills by three-quarters.

If installed in every home and office, they could cut the proportion of electricity used for lights from 20 per cent to 5 per cent a year. As well as lasting 100,000 hours, ten times as long as today’s eco-bulbs, the LED bulbs do not contain mercury, so disposal is less damaging to the environment, and they do not flicker – a problem that has been blamed for migraines and epileptic fits.

Sounds wonderful and I hope that they get to market sooner than the 2 years they mention in the article!

Until then and while we change over to the new wonderful LED bulbs you will need to recycle your old CFL’s right?  Well here comes word via Ecogeek about a new recycling program ( I imagine that my local Whole Foods will be partipating soon.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Super Mike  |  January 29, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Another problem with CFLs is that when they burn out, they are a potential fire hazard because their bases melt instead of a filament burning out. But LEDs NEVER burn out — they last forever.

  • 2. The LED Lightbulb-Wait a while  |  January 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm

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  • 3. The LED Lightbulb-Wait a while | Konstructr  |  May 19, 2009 at 11:01 pm

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