It’s all curves and smooth contours, equal parts Halogen and CFL. Why? To address persistent customer gripes that purely CFL bulbs are to0 dim and take too long to brighten. Thus, here is GE’s middle-of-the-road problem-solver.
The trick is when you light this baby up, the Halogen and CFL both turn on. The resulting light should be convenient enough to satisfy anyone’s brightness needs until enough time has elapsed for the CFL to attain full power, at which point the Halogen dims unnoticed. Pretty neat, we might say. It’s like Mr. Halogen is covering for Ms. CFL long enough for her to get it together. Okay, we’re being over descriptive here.
As part of GE’s sustainable agenda, this 15- and 20-watt hybrid is being touted as a permanent replacement for the 60- and 75-wat incandescent heavyweights of yore.
No less than Kristin Gibbs, GE’s GM of North American Consumer Marketing, has given the new low wattage models her blessing: “When you look at our prototype incandescent-shaped bulb with that little halogen capsule nestled inside our smallest compact fluorescent tube, you’re seeing a byproduct of our intense customer focus and our innovation mindset.”
Expect these curvaceous low-watt wonders to start appearing in stores before the year is out. Keep in mind the retail price varies according to where it’s being sold.
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