Seems like the old incandescent business is on its last legs these days.  I’m reading news from GE to mean that they’ve come up with an expensive silver bullet for screw-in home lighting.  Due to hit shelves this fall or early 2011, the GE Energy Smart LED replaces 40-watt general service incandescent bulbs with nine watts of consumption, 450 lumens of light, and 25,000 hours of rated life.

In a press release, GE indicated that the Energy Smart LED would likely retail for something in between $40-$50, but it should provide a healthy 77% return in the form of energy savings.

John Strainic, global product general manager for GE Lighting, said, “This is a bulb that can virtually light your kid’s bedroom desk lamp from birth through high school graduation.”  Imagine that.

The Energy Smart LED is made with Cree XLamp XP-G LEDs, according to GE, and contains no mercury at all.  It’s also cool to the touch and should offer full brightness from the moment it’s turned on.  In addition, the white flares enveloping the bulb help to distribute emitted light throughout a space.

[+] Read about the new GE Energy Smart LED.

Photo credit: GE.