GE's New Halogen-CFL Bulb Turns On Instantly

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Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailInterested in the energy efficiency of compact fluorescents but still crave a brighter bulb and a faster turn-on? GE Lighting’s new hybrid halogen-CFL is contained in an incandescent-shaped glass bulb, combining the attributes of all three technologies. GE Energy Smart Soft White and Reveal hybrid halogen-CFL bulbs will be available by Earth Day (April 22).

In the new bulbs, a halogen capsule—which comes on instantly and turns off once the CFL comes to full brightness—is nestled inside the swirl of a compact fluorescent light bulb. The entire operation is encased in an incandescent-shaped glass bulb.

“The instant brightness factor makes our new hybrid halogen-CFL more versatile than other CFLs,” says Kristin Gibbs, general manager of consumer marketing for GE Lighting. “It’s an optimal choice for use in hallways, stairways, kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere immediate brightness is essential. Simply flip that light switch and it’s at your service—immediately.”

GE claims that the new GE CFLs offer eight times the life of incandescent bulbs (8,000 hours vs. 1,000 hours). The new products can replace standard 60- and 75-watt incandescent bulbs or other CFLs. The bulbs are expected to retail for $5.99-$9.99 based on product line and wattage.

Beginning in 2012, standard incandescent light bulbs will not be available as a result of U.S. federal lighting efficiency standards: 100-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.

GE hybrid bulb 

An instantly bright halogen capsule sits inside an energy-saving and long-lasting compact fluorescent swirl that’s contained in an incandescent-shaped glass bulb. Photo courtesy of GE Lighting