Boy do I feel great for grabbing a handful of 60-watt replacement LEDs for $40 a pop! Lighting Science Group and India-based Dixon Technologies today announced plans to launch the world’s first sub-$15 60-watt equivalent LED bulb. The bulb will be available in India by the end of this year and around the world sometime in 2012.
The omnidirectional bulb will be 35% more efficient than a CFL yet it won’t have mercury. Payback is expected to be about eight months assuming a price below $15, according to LSG.
LSG’s cheaper LED bulb will consume about 8.5 watts, according to Michael Kanellos of Greentech Media, and will boast a brightness that is the same as an incandescent, according to Jonathan Skillings of CNET News. The bulb will have an expected life of 8 years.
On a related note, LSG is planning a smart bulb that works with the Android@Home program Google discussed in May 2011. The LED replacement should be the shelves by the end of this year.
Photo credit: Lighting Science Group.