A start-up company is offering mercury-free, energy efficient, high-brightness LED lights to replace typical light bulbs in homes and offices. The EcoLED lights use 1/10th the electricity of incandescent light bulbs, and are estimated to last 50,000 hours before burning out (approximately a decade of normal use). Unlike compact fluorescent bulbs, these bulbs contain no mercury. Note that these bulbs produce a directional light, so they may not work in every place in your home.
The 10-watt EcoLED white light bulb replaces a 100-watt incandescent bulb and contains a single, extremely bright 10-watt LED. The company estimates the light bulb will save you nearly $450 in electricity over its life while reducing CO2 emissions by over 9,000 pounds compared to regular light bulbs.
These new LED lights are pricey, running from $39 for the 3 watt halogen MR16 replacement lamp, to $99 for the 10 watt (100 watt equivalent) top of the line bulb. They are available from Better Life Goods.