General Electric Dumps CFLs for LEDs

by Judy Li

With a heart-filled Valentine’s Day themed campaign, General Electric announced on February 1st that it will stop production of CFLs for the U.S. market and focus its consumer lighting efforts solely on LED lamps. A GE Reports article explains that it is strategic for the company to transition away from CFLs as LEDs become less cost prohibitive. Over the past few years, CFLs have become popular as an efficient alternative to the incandescent light bulb because they are cheaper than LEDs. However, LEDs are the most efficient and gives the best light. Since 2012, LED prices have fallen dramatically and sales have increased. GE notes that this move aligns with that of the U.S. government. In January, ENERGY STAR introduced new lighting specifications, which disqualify many CFL bulbs. Continue reading