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 Jul 07, 2009 - 08:37 AM - by Michael
* Incandescent bulbs back?

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Afraid of Mercury? Don't like the light from CFL bulbs? Philips is trying to make incandescent work again within energy efficiency restrictions:

The first bulbs to emerge from this push, Philips Lighting?s Halogena Energy Savers, are expensive compared with older incandescents. They sell for $5 apiece and more, compared with as little as 25 cents for standard bulbs.

But they are also 30 percent more efficient than older bulbs. Philips says that a 70-watt Halogena Energy Saver gives off the same amount of light as a traditional 100-watt bulb and lasts about three times as long, eventually paying for itself.
Let's see. Three times as long = 75 cents worth of bulb. Energy savings between a 100-wat and 70-watt, 30% over that time period. I don't know if the "paying for itself" holds up under the math.
 

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