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Check out GE's new nostalgia LED (pictures)

With an old-timey build and four fake filaments built from high efficiency light-emitting diodes, this modern light bulb has classic appeal.

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GE 40W Replacement Vintage-Style Filament LED

GE's newest LED is a bulb built to resemble the incandescent lights of yesterday. Click through to see how it looks.

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The bulb features an elongated shape and sepia-tinted glass to help with the classic aesthetic.

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Each of the four "filaments" is actually a column of light-emitting diodes suspended in the center of the bulb. When they're turned on, the effect is convincingly incandescent-like.

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Beneath a lampshade, the effect is obviously wasted. You'll also notice that the bulb doesn't cast quite as much downward light as it does upward.

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On the specs front, the bulb puts out 447 lumens from a power draw of just 5 watts, making it one of the most efficient 40W replacement bulbs money can buy. Use it for three hours every day, and it'll add about 60 cents to your energy bill each year.

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Just don't bank on using it with dimmer switches -- we caught it flickering on each of the switches we test with.

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GE sells the Vintage-Style LED at Sam's Club stores nationwide. A two-pack will cost you $20.

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