Lighting & HVAC
GE unveils hybrid halogen-CFL Light Bulb coming in 2011
By Anthony Capkun
Starting in 2011, GE Lighting brings hybrid technology to the lighting aisle in the form of a new incandescent-shaped bulb that combines the instant brightness of halogen technology with the energy efficiency and longer rated life of compact fluorescents. The initial product launch will bring Canadian and American consumers GE Reveal and GE Energy Smart Soft White varieties. The halogen capsule inside GE’s new hybrid allows the bulb to operate noticeably brighter in less than a half a second; the capsule then shuts off once the CFL comes to full brightness. The bulbs contain 1 mg of mercury, and the first to launch will be 15W and 20W bulbs that replace 60W and 75W incandescents.