Citing rising efficiency standards and a changing market, GE Lighting plans to shake up the lighting aisle this year -- and an entire category is about to get squeezed out as a result.
With lighting efficiency laws taking hold, GE says traditional bulb-shaped halogens offer about a 20 percent efficiency improvement over incandescents.
The bulbs, which combine halogen and compact fluorescent elements, should retail for less than $10 each. GE says they light up without delay and should last 8,000 hours.
Halogen hybrid light bulb offers CFL efficiency without the wait for full brightness. And it contains less mercury.
Federal-Mogul Corporation has developed a polyethylene terephthalate yarn to meet both the halogen-free flame-retardant regulations and the "no flaming drip" requirement.