The new, energy-efficient GeoBulb® uses next-generation LED lighting technology that can help reduce worldwide energy consumption by 10%. Our goal is to make the GeoBulb® the first choice in energy-efficient light bulbs.
As with any new technological advancements, there will likely be many new LED light bulb companies rushing to get an array of new products to market. Many performance claims will be made and many may not be true. Most of them will not be here in 10 years. Here are some points to check out with any manufacturer.
Before you purchase an LED light bulb it might be best to ask these questions:
- How long has the company been in business?
- Is the warranty clear? This is a measure of the company’s faith in the product.
- Do they have independent lab reports to back up their performance claims?
- Are they UL-listed and FCC approved?
- How long have they been in production?
Samples of GeoBulb® have been turned on and off 1 million times. This test was an excellent way to verify the durability of any circuit design. There were no GeoBulb® failures of any kind during testing and we have not had any GeoBulb® failures among the several thousand bulbs that are currently in use. The original GeoBulb® prototype is over two years old and is still working. Since high quality LEDs last 30,000 hours or more, the other components in the circuit have to be able to last as long as the LEDs. All components used in the GeoBulb® are rated to last longer than the 30,000 hours expected from the LEDs themselves. This manufacturing method not only gives C. Crane full confidence in the GeoBulb® during its warranty period but also means that you can expect excellent performance well past the warranty date.
We have noticed that other manufacturers use parts that can change values after about 2,000 hours of run time. Energy performance starts dropping considerably after that time. Light output can drop also. All components in a GeoBulb® are run at a temperature well below their maximum designed operational temperature.
C. Crane uses the highest quality LED bulbs available and they are the most expensive part of the bulb. They are rated to produce the highest light output combined with lowest energy usage and the longest life expectancy. The color rendition of our LED bulbs is also stable over time. In contrast, the color of compact fluorescent bulbs changes significantly early in their lifetime and also light output degrades noticeably over its expected lifetime.
The GeoBulb® has a three year warranty that covers the bulb even if it is used 24 hours a day for three years straight.
C. Crane has a full-time quality control specialist inspect each production run in Asia. We also perform Quality Assurance tests when we receive the bulbs in Fortuna, California.
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In 2007 almost half of the electricity generation in the United States came from Coal *. A common, everyday 60 Watt light bulb burns well over 2,000 pounds or one ton of coal in five years. It gets harder every day to bring the miles of trains filled with coal to power plants. Most people alive today will see the "easy-to-get" coal depleted and costs will rise. A solar or wind generation system for your house is very expensive and takes planning and maintenance. Right now you can start reducing your electric bill one small step at a time by purchasing a high quality GeoBulb® in place of your most used light bulb.
As of the writing of this article the GeoBulb® is $99.95 retail. When you compare the GeoBulb® to a regular incandescent bulb then there is no question the GeoBulb® saves money even at a cost of $100.00. Comparing the GeoBulb® to a compact fluorescent is more difficult. Most of this price is returned to you in energy savings. If the price of electricity goes up by 20% over the next few years then the GeoBulb® will become more financially viable. The long life of the GeoBulb® can also mean savings in terms of maintenance cost, particularly if someone has to be paid to change burned out bulbs such as in commercial applications. Light bulbs mounted in unsafe, high places or difficult to reach bulbs are also perfect situations for the use of GeoBulb®s.
* Energy Information Administration