Homeowners love the new LED light bulbs. They use less electricity than any light before and last almost forever.
But now it turns out that's becoming a problem.
Bulbs Claim 20-year Lifespan
Been to the home improvement store lately? Old incandescent bulbs are all but gone, while even those squiggly CFLs are being phased out.
In their place: Energy-efficient, long-lasting LED (light emitting diode) bulbs.Some claim they can last 20 years.
But a new report in The New Yorker says manufacturers worry those long life spans could put them out of business in a few years.
And it says some are already considering building in an expiration date so the bulbs would burn out — and you will need another.
And from the doesn't that stink file, why planned obsolesce in LED light bulbs would not be a surprise: The New Yorker says early incandescent light bulbs lasted decades. So, manufacturers made the filaments thinner so they'd burn out in a year or two, and consumers would have to open their wallets again.
Doesn't that stink?
It showed a bulb in a California firehouse that is 100 years old and still works.
The company that made it? No longer around — because its bulbs lasted too long.
Bottom line: This is a great time to buy LED bulbs. Prices have finally come down, and they last almost forever ... for now at least.
So don't waste your money.
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