Saturday, August 27, 2011
In response to Paul Potyen’s letter “Energy saving at home,” I offer this information:
There are many manufacturers that are coming out with various versions of LED (light emitting diode) bulbs, ranging from awful to good. Yampa Valley Electric Association and its suppliers are watching and evaluating these bulbs carefully. There are several excellent designs now offered for 60-watt equivalent directional A-lamps, but they are very expensive.
In summary, high quality Omni-directional LED A-lamps for 60-watt and 75-watt incandescent replacements are right around the corner. Directional versions (basically just the lower half of the sphere, with no light delivered back toward the socket) are available now. Excellent flood options also are now available.
YVEA is working to provide its members with extremely high-quality design and manufacturing quality for a lower cost from a first-class manufacturer with a reputable warranty. Soon, we hope to make LED bulbs available to members. But today, CFL bulbs are cost effective and can save consumers money.
We also agree with Mr. Potyen that while CFL bulbs have small amounts of mercury, they must be recycled. YVEA, with financial support from Yampa Valley Recyclers, will collect nonfunctional CFL bulbs and send them to be recycled.
Yampa Valley Electric Association