Lighting manufacturer Lighting Science Group announced yesterday it will begin selling low-cost LED lightbulbs on Amazon.com beginning today.
The company's A19 omnidirectional 8.5-watt bulb (40-watt equivalent) will sell for $21.98, and is only the first in a line of low-budget LED bulbs planned for sale at the online superstore, according to.
The company says its bulbs will last up to 23 years, and are 76 percent more efficient than a standard incandescent bulb.
"Lighting accounts for more than 18 percent of the average U.S. household's energy bill--that's because incandescent bulbs are essentially space heaters that give off a little bit of light," Lighting Science Group CEO Rich Weinberg said in a statement.
While it may sound steep, $21.28 for an 8.5-watt LED bulb is actually very reasonable. On Amazon, GE sells a 9-watt A19 omnidirectional bulb for $37.98, Feit Electric sells a 7-watt A19 LED for $29.99, and Philips sells its AmbientLED 7-watt bulb for $33.75.
In addition to the 40-watt, the company also plans to offer a 60-watt, as well as the smaller BR, MR, and PAR LED bulbs used for things like track lighting, flood lights, and picture lights.
And for today at least, some people may get a chance to try the bulbs for free. As part of its Earth Day launch on Amazon.com, Lighting Science Group is running a lightbulb giveaway contest on its Facebook page.