As Light Bulb Options Increase, Do Manufacturers Need to Boost Consumer Education?

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?

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“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.”

Do you think enough is being done to educate consumers about different light bulb options? Share your thoughts in the comments.

2 thoughts on “As Light Bulb Options Increase, Do Manufacturers Need to Boost Consumer Education?

  1. Robert says on February 16, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I think that manufacturers should make a more concerted effort to educate the consumers about the benefits and disadvantages of various types of LED light bulbs. I know that I had a heck of a time deciding what to buy when I was shopping for LED lights on the Amazon website. Thankfully, I ended up being satisfied with my choice of LED light bulb. An informative article would have been very helpful for me when I was shopping.

  2. Peter says on February 20, 2015 at 5:14 am

    Environmental concerns about mercury contamination from CFLs have been raised, but CFLs can be shown to result in less mercury in the environment compared to traditional incandescent bulbs due to the significant reductions in power plant emissions. Thus, use of energy-efficient bulbs can actually reduce the amount of mercury released into the environment. Compact fluorescent lamps start poorly when very cold, and most types cannot be dimmed. A few specialist applications are unsuitable for CFLs.

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