As incandescent light bulbs are still an option, CFLs have become mainstream, and now LEDs are affordable and available from most major retailers, consumers are adapting to the increase of choices. For some, the once simple act of picking up a new light bulb can be a confusing and even frustrating experience. To help the average shopper make better lighting and energy choices, should manufactures be doing more to educate as well as continue to improve lighting options?
“Consumers are increasingly turning to halogen bulbs, despite their poor energy consumption relative to LEDs and another, compact fluorescents, or CFLs. Market data shows that sales of halogen bulbs rose sharply last year while CFLs fell. The average price for both halogens and CFLs is around $2, well below the LED price average of $10.70. Some market watchers have predicted LED bulbs will take off when their average price reaches $10, though others think they will need to fall much more. ‘Incandescents were only 50 cents to $1 each, so I think LED bulbs need to be about $3 before consumers will consider buying them for their entire home,’ said Kim Sherman, senior product portfolio manager at Xcel Energy.”
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