Hybrid Light Bulb Arrives on Earth Day

Some folks just don’t want to give up incandescent light bulbs, so GE developed a “customer-inspired” bulb to ease the transition.  The GE Energy Smart hybrid halogen/CFL bulb is being shipped nationally with soft white and Reveal options.  The new bulb — a blend of three light bulb technologies — has the shape of an incandescent, the efficiency of a CFL, and the immediacy of a halogen.

The halogen technology offers instant, no-delay lighting, a feature missing in some CFLs.  To save energy, though, the halogen element shuts down when the CFL element reaches full brightness.

GE started shipping the hybrid light bulb and it should be available nationally by Earth Day, April 22, 2011, according to a recent press release.  Pricing is subject to retailer discretion, but GE expects something in the range of $5.99-$9.99 per bulb, depending on the line and wattage.

The Energy Smart hybrid lasts about eight times longer than a typical incandescent (e.g., 1,000 versus 8,000 hours) and has less mercury than a typical CFL (e.g., 1 versus 2-4 milligrams).  The soft white bulb is 2700 Kelvin with 800 lumens (15 watt) and 1,100 lumens (20 watt).  The Reveal is 2500 Kelvin with 740 (15 watt) and 1,050 (20 watt).

Photo credits: GE.

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  • Justin L

    hmmmmm…..it’s a nifty little product

  • mgb1arch

    Instant-on is not the problem. That issue has been solved by many CFL manufacturers. The problem is quality of light. CFL’s are getting better, but they are still fluorescent. I have plenty around the house, but I’m not quite ready to use them in the bathroom.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Yeah, I’m going to be interested in seeing how the light works as the CFL phases on and the halogen phases off. I’m also curious about this Reveal version.

    • sk8888

      Just a suggestion. Go directly to LED lighting. The Toshiba 9W Par20 E-Core is a great bulb. I’ve tried tons to fight the right one, with nice color and good light. I just couldn’t do CFL’s for years and years knowing that the mercury will end up in the land fill unless people dispose of them properly.

  • Taz

    Who is collecting them and recycling mercury? GE? How do you decontaminate children room after they break under impact? I am not giving up incandescent until LED are affordable.

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  • http://www.bowmanlamps.com/ Mary F

    Interesting little hybrid. I think I’ll give one a try.

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  • Jhql

    if it made in China, and causes toxic issues when disposed of – I dont want it!

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