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Posted By jharkin,
Dec 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM
In luck? Now i m kicking myself I didn't wait a couple months.
Count yourself lucky that you didn't have to stomach a $50 price-point to try them out. No utility discounts in my neck of the nation, so that's what I paid. But I agree with you that they're very nice lights and intend to get more myself. I'm very jealous of your opportunity to get them at such a low price.
Lazlo where are you located? Welcome to the forum! I will try these lamps if I happen to see them! I suggest you update your info and create a signature that will appear in all your posts..
Thanks! I'm from the PA, and I was just looking for how to edit that! Fancy features you have in this forum, but still haven't found the page...
At the top of the screen hover your mouse over your name..
Tons of PA people here BTW..
Ray you can order from the EFI link as a MA resident. That's where I got mine at 25 last month.
EFI? Where is this JH?
Laszlo posted the link.
Yes thanks I just found that.. Will buy 3 for free shipping.. Worth a try..
How do you like them? I just received ten bulbs I bought through a friend in MA and I'm shocked at the difference they make. Big boost to brightness over my old 14-Watt CFLs. Much more "productive looking" in my office, and dazzling in the bathroom, with no warm-up time.
I think they put out the light of a 23w cfl.
Tried to order them and got some weird error message Wrote the power company and got no reply..
And just like that ... the L-Prize lamp is gone!
Seems that they where too expensive to produce here in the US and make a profit even at the $50 retail (I paid $25) so they where discontinued.
All is not lost as Philips introduced a new A19 bulb to replace the older offerings. Looking at the specs its not as good as the L-Prize but is a bit better than the old EnduraLED and is priced a lot better ($25 retail, $10 with utility rebates). Most interesting is that the new one looks a lot more like a traditional bulb
Philips A19 dimmable 11w LED
Edit to add... Here is how the bulbs compare:
Looks like a good compromise. My wife hated the look of the older Philips.
My 3 L-prize bulbs are now 'collectibles'.
I just now noticed the new Cree A19/60w replacement bulb is out as well for like $13 at Home Depot. The 'new' Phillips is closer to 25 but I can get them for $12 from NStar. Might be interesting to pick up one of each and compare.
Looks like the Phillips will be very slightly brighter, but the Cree has an efficiency edge and is American made. Best I can tell they have identical CRI spec.
Mine as well
Cree has become a leader in this field. Are you sure they are made in the US? I know they do R&D here and part of the mfg process, but I thought they bought a factory or two in China several years back for the LED pkg assembly.
I disagree. Not been too impressed with the light from this replacement (appearance of the bulb itself is not a concern for me). I'm likely in the minority for caring about differences in CRI above 80, but it's a definite downgrade in light quality from the fixture holding this new bulb. It's a shame if the L-Prize is truly gone, because no manufacturer is likely to take on the extra effort and expense to provide 90+ CRI during the run-up to higher lumens/Watt. Rather than compromise efficiency by covering all colors, they'll aim for too much blue--which LEDs emit most efficiently, or green (which results in higher lumens for a given brightness, as human eyes are more sensitive to greenish light).