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$10 Million Prize for $50 Light Bulb

Awarded by Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the prize would spur industry to offer the costly bulbs, known as LEDs, at prices "affordable for American families." There was also a "Buy America" component. Portions of the bulb would have to be made in the United States.

Now the winning bulb is on the market.

The price is $50.

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At least it doesn't cost as much as a Chevy Volt.

Weren't the old ones like 2 for a buck or something like that? Wish I'd stock piled.

...and 4 paragraphs down from that raw red meat, a paragraph that I wouldn't have expected Mr. Thomas to excerpt:

"Energy legislation signed by President George W. Bush in 2007 introduced a ban on inefficient incandescent light bulbs, covering traditional 100-watt bulbs this year. Sales of traditional 75-watt incandescents will be prohibited next year, and 60-watt incandescents will go after that."

Keep in mind, Principled Conservatives, that would be the same President G.W. Bush who received a B+ in Steven Hayward's "Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents."

Between my memory and googling this site, I find no reference to the OUTRAGEous bulbs (don't you guys EVER get outrage fatigue?) before this one:

http://nlt.ashbrook.org/2011/03/dirty-politics-housewives-of-the-world-unite.php

There were no fewer than three NLT blog-posts about the Commie Bulbs of Terror last March... but I see not a thing about them in the 12/2007 (the month it was signed by Bush) NLT archives (in addition to googling). You all must have been blogging about the "War on Christmas" or some other matter of similar urgency when that happened...

And here's a much better article about the bulbs (that delves much deeper into the tech aspects of the whole endeavor):

http://www.dailytech.com/Philips+Wins+10M+USD+Govt+LPrize+for+Worlds+Most+Efficient+Light+Bulb/article24082.htm

It should also be noted that the new bulbs, which are LEDs, avoid the problematic mercury issue that some other bulbs have.

Keep it up Craig... I read NLT in part for your rebutals.

They can't get tired of outrage because they are engaged in its manufacture. Even if they got tired of it, they couldn't find a job in real manufacturing.

$50 light bulbs may be pushing it as a value consideration...but price will drop over time. This sort of innovation is the true trickle down economics.

Even at $50 the energy savings over time potentially make them worth while. But at some point they will cost $30 or maybe even $10 or $5.

While a $10 million dollar X prize is more or less chump change, this isn't the type of spending that will impoverish future generations of americans, rather it is almost guaranteed to lead them into the light!

Seriously, you know you are spending too much on the lawyers and the media propaganda machine, when faced with a better lightbulb, your gut reaction is to think you will be worse off.

We need a lot more X prizes, and we need a "buy america" component. We need to encourage more of this manufacturing and less of the President Bush gets a B+ manufacturing.

More patent, less copyright. We need to move beyond trademark issues like "conservatism" or "liberalism".

Production/Manufacturing focused upon trademark and copyright, has its place.

But currently its place seems supersized. If the biggest issues of the day are trademark, i.e. who is the "Real Conservative." Or if the biggest issues of the day are copyright, i.e. who can fix in a tangible medium of expression a grade upon George Bush that seems to have a modicum of originality...then we are in trouble.

In contrast there is something that seems refreshing about a $50 lightbulb or an expensive Chevy Volt. It is a project that gets folks working in teams to provide eventual solutions, ones that don't aim at cognitive dissonance or general discord.

It is just not true that we are worse off because someone in america is making a better light bulb.

(Thanks, John.)

You wrote:
"We need a lot more X prizes, and we need a "buy america" component. We need to encourage more of this manufacturing and less of the President Bush gets a B+ manufacturing."

I'm not sure, based on your wording, if you were drawing a contrast to the current bulbs or highlighting one aspect of them, but in case it was the former, do note this (from the article I linked to):

"The bulb is assembled in the U.S. from components manufactured in Shenzhen, China with LED chips made in San Jose, Calif."

Not 100% American-made, but significantly so...

"$50 light bulbs may be pushing it as a value consideration...but price will drop over time. This sort of innovation is the true trickle down economics."

Hopefully the price will go down fast before the company who makes them goes the way of Solyndra, Light Squared and the rest of the green energy companies so loved by Obama and you liberals who don't understand the basic theories of economics.


"Even at $50 the energy savings over time potentially make them worth while. But at some point they will cost $30 or maybe even $10 or $5."

$50 will fill a half a tank of gasoline in my truck and I drive to work to pay taxes to fund the stupid green energy companies that You and Pumpkin love so much.

Are you flipping out of your gore? $50 dollars for a light bulb. Thanks for the continuous support of liberalism is mental illness.

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