If the high price of LED bulbs, or poor color quality or lack of dimmability has delayed your trying them out, you should definitely look at the current special available to National Grid residential electric customers in Medford.
The new L-Prize winning Philips EnduraLED A19 10w lamp is the best LED bulb I've tried yet. The retail price is $49.95, but with an instantaneous $24.95 rebate from National Grid (also available through NStar, Unitil, Cape Light Compact & Western Massachussetts Electric) for residential customers, you can buy up to tweleve for $25 each.
To get this special deal, you need to purchase them through EFI's online catalog. When you get there, find the Product Rebates box on the right hand side. Then find and click on National Grid under Massachusetts to be taken to the discounted catalog. From there click on the picture of the L-Prize winning 10 watt LED light bulb. Yes, it is the yellow one, but don't worry, the bulb is a nice warm white color when turned on.
You can find the previous generation Philips LED bulbs at Home Depot with a point of sale rebate. The new ones that came out in April 2012 are even better.
- They are brighter at 940 lumens (equivalent of 60W)
- Color Rendering Index (CRI) is even better at 94 CRI (an incandescent bulb has a CRI of 100)
- They last longer with a rated life of 30,000 hours (that's over 20 years at 4 hours per day)
- Have the same Color Temperature at 2,700 degrees Kelvin
- And they are dimmable.
We've had six of the previous generation Philips 12w LEDs and love them. We used them to replace the remaining incandescent bulbs in our house and they are especially useful for lamps that are prone to being knocked over as the LEDs are virtually unbreakable and do not contain Mercury like compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Here's the article I wrote in our blog: Replacing our LAST two incadescent lights with LEDs.
I've already bought six of the new 10w LEDs using this deal and they are even better.
So, if you have been waiting for LEDs to be better priced, now is a great time to act. Replacing just one 60w incandescent bulb with one of these 10w LED bulbs will save you 80% of the electricity and provide the same great light. Even over a similarly sized CFL, these LEDs will save about 30% and last 3-4 times longer.
I recommend trying one out before spending $300 on 12 and since shipping on orders of $25 or over is free, you don't even have to pay for shipping when ordering just one.
Rebate Fine print:
To order through this online catalog you must be a residential customer of one of the participating electric utilities or energy efficiency providers with a delivery address in Rhode Island or Massachusetts. Eligible customers may order up to 12 light bulbs, 12 light fixtures, 2 advanced power strips, and 1 special kit offer per program year. You will need your residential electric utility account number to complete your order.