The Lighting Wars are still in full swing. With incandescent bulbs mostly out of the running, the contenders are down to CFL and LED technologies. While both have their pros and cons, it looks like one of them is about to snatch victory.
General Electric has announced that it's going to be moving away from making CFLs and focusing on LED technology for the future. That's a big step, so what led GE to this decision?
There are a few reasons. The first is that CFL adoption seems to have peaked in 2007 at about 30% market share. LEDs are the more popular option, so GE is going with the market.
Second, the government's Energy Star program gives out rebates for buying efficient lighting. So far those rebates have favored CFLs. However, starting next year those rebates will only apply to LED lights. That's going to influence more people to buy LEDs.
Finally, CFLs are efficient enough to avoid the government's ban on inefficient lightbulbs, but only just. New rules potentially taking effect in 2020 will take CFLs mostly out of the running, leaving LEDs as the winner.
While GE is the going to be the first company to drop CFLs, it likely won't be the last. By next year, you could have fewer lighting options in the store. Of course, if MIT's new super-efficient incandescent bulb technology makes it to mass production, LEDs might have a run for their money after all.