Here's a bright idea: an energy-efficient light bulb that costs less than $10, looks just like your old incandescents, and lasts for 25,000 hours. No flicker (like CFLs), instant-on (unlike some other LEDs), dimmable, and produces and a warm, omni-directional light. The new Cree LED bulb does all that, and uses way less energy than a standard bulb. This week, we're teaming up with Cree to giveaway 10 of their new energy-efficient bulbs, and throwing in a $250 Home Depot gift card as well! Read on to find out how to win!
We got a few of these new bulbs to try out, and we'll do a more in depth review next week. But for now, here are some interesting facts about this new technology:
It's a normal-shaped bulb.
Yep. A normal shape means a normal light distribution. Just like you're used to.
It has a 10 year limited warranty.
If it doesn't last for 10 years (based on 6 hours a day, 7 days a week), they'll replace it. Try getting that on a 60W incandescent.
It lasts 25 times longer than a standard bulb.
Normal bulb = 1000 hours. A Cree LED bulb = 25,000 hours.
It's instant on; instant full brightness.
When you flick the switch, you want the light to come on. Like, right now. You don't want it to flicker for five seconds first, like most CFLs.
What? Compact fluorescents have mercury in the ballasts? Yes! They do! Toxic mercury. In your CFLs! No fun.
Right. You probably haven't heard of them, because until now, they've made mostly commercial lighting products for big retailers, warehouses, and even the Beijing Olympic games.
How to enter the giveaway and win 10 new Cree LED lightbulbs and a $250 Home Depot gift card:
THE PRIZE: 10 Cree LED bulbs and a $250 Home Depot gift card
1. Leave a comment on this post telling us why you'd like to try out the new LED bulbs, or just saying 'Pick me!'
2. Cross your fingers! We'll select one winner randomly next week.
This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering.
This giveaway is sponsored by Cree, and we were given free product for review. However, all opinions are ours alone.
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