GE announced Monday that it will stop making its coiled compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for the U.S. market and switch to LED lamps by the end of 2016.
LED light bulbs are brighter, use less energy and last longer. They do not use dangerous chemicals such as mercury to generate power like CFLs do. However, LEDs are the most expensive type of bulb.
“These LED lightbulbs are starting to replicate what the electrical filament has done for over 100 years — providing that look and warm ambience that people are used to,” GE Lighting chief operating officer John Strainic said in the announcement. “The time for LED is now.”
Compact fluorescents were the first big energy-saving option but they no longer meet government standards for energy efficiency.