After many years of LED lightbulbs being “tomorrow’s” wonderbulb, and watching prices creep downward as economies of scale kick in, tomorrow seems to have finally arrived.
Out at a big box store I got 10 sixty-watt-equivalent bulbs for the princely sum of $6.95, about 25% of which was tax. That’s about 69c per LED bulb. Through the next while there is a rebate scheme whereby one of the electricity suppliers/regulators/transmitters (who can keep track?) is giving “e-coupons” which are automatically subtracted at the cash register. Provided the cash register is manned by a person, and is not self serve. [preserving those $15/hour jobs?][BTW, notice the dollar store now accepts credit cards? that’s leading up to self serve payments, to do away with another of those minimum wage jobs].
I bought 5 cool white bulbs and 5 warmer white bulbs, all dimmable.
While early generations of LED bulbs had sometimes spooky and harsh lighting, I find the most recent bulbs just fine.
These bulbs are now so cheap and the cost of electricity so inflated that I guesstimate it is probably cheaper to throw away any “inventory” of incandescent bulbs in the basement cupboard and replace them with these.
Plus, it won’t be necessary to climb up high any more to replace bulbs in ceiling fixtures since the bulbs may outlast me.
The biggest bugbear in all of this is that the economies of scale have come only to the 60-watt-equivalent bulbs. The 100-watt-equivalent bulbs are still pricey. And being elderly and decrepit, I depend more and more on the stronger light bulbs.
Maybe next year the 100’s will be cheaper. And then it will be time to load up again.