Toshiba recently announced a new A19 LED lamp that is shaped more like an incandescent than some of the other LED bulbs we’ve seen so far, excluding perhaps Panasonic’s LED with a filament appearance. The new bulb is dimmable, available in 2700K and 4000K colors, outputs 450 lumens, and contains no lead or mercury. The 40-watt replacement uses 8.4 watts and reaches full brightness instantly.
The new light bulb is undergoing Energy Star testing at this time and will be manufactured to maintain that designation. I asked a press person for potential pricing and purchase location information and have not received anything so far.
Comparatively speaking, the new LED bulb is expected to last about 40% longer and use about 75% less energy than an incandescent. This, I would believe, gives the bulb a good chance of being used in place of the energy-hogging alternative.