MANHASSET, NY -- GE Lighting engineers have figured out a way to nestle an instantly bright halogen capsule inside the swirl of a compact fluorescent light bulb.
The halogen element comes on instantly and turns off once the CFL comes to full brightness, thus preserving the energy efficiency of the bulb. All the workings of the bulb are contained in an incandescent-shaped glass bulb.
According to GE, the new CFLs offer eight times the life of incandescent bulbs (8,000 hours vs. 1,000 hours). The new products have low levels of mercury (1 mg) and can replace standard 60- and 75-watt incandescent bulbs or other CFLs. Currently available CFLs contain 1.5 mg to 3.5 mg of mercury.
Beginning in 2012 and continuing through 2014, standard incandescent light bulbs will not be available as a result of U.S. federal lighting efficiency standards
One hunded-watt bulbs can no longer be made in January 2012; 75-watt bulbs can no longer be made in January 2013; and 60- and 40-watt bulbs can no longer be made in January 2014. To learn more from GE's perspective see here.