Ever since they first entered the market, some consumers have complained that energy efficient bulbs provide a lower quality of light than energy guzzling incandescent bulbs.
But now US engineering giant General Electric (GE) thinks it may have solved the problem with the launch this week of a low wattage LED bulb that provides the same light output as a traditional incandescent bulb but uses less energy while lasting 25 times longer.
The new GE Energy Smart LED bulb is expected to consume just 9 watts while producing 450 lumens, a significant improvement on many current LED bulbs that produce 350 lumens or less.
GE scientists and engineers designed the bulb to include plastic structures that better direct light so that the beams are distributed more evenly. Currently, one of the weaknesses of LED lights is that they tend to focus light in a relatively small area and as a result can be less effective for domestic or commercial lighting