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Published on February 15th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


New LED Bulb for Under $5

February 15th, 2012 by  

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LED light bulb for under $5.

Yes, the price is $4.95, but nonetheless, a long-lasting, efficient LED bulb for $4.95 is a win! The announcement was just made a few minutes ago, as Lemnis unveiled three new lines of its Pharox LED replacement bulb. The 200-lumen Pharox BLU is the bulb selling for $4.95, and the 350-lumen Parox Blu is selling for $6.95. They are, apparently, only sold through the Pharox website.

The other two bulbs are the Pharox XL and Pharox PRO.

Cheap LED Light Bulbs to Take Over the Lighting Market

“A recent U.S. Department of Energy forecast predicts that LEDs will represent 76 percent of the general illumination market by 2030, but Lemnis predicts 80 percent market penetration by 2020 due to significant price drops such as this one and further innovations in LED technology,” the company behind the bulb noted in the news release.

The company says that the bulbs have a pay-back time of 6 months to 2 years* and are expected to last over 10 years—that means some big-time savings!

–> Also recommended for you: Energy-efficient Lighting Market in Europe to 2020 – LEDs Emerge as Key Growth Sector due to Price Discounting and Phosphor Shortages Restricting CFL Production

The New Bulbs

“The new Pharox BLU 200-lumen model is a ‘no frills,’ non-dimmable consumer LED and is the first branded LED replacement bulb with a price that starts under $5. It comes with a one-year warranty.” Seems odd that the warranty is only for one year, while the lifespan is for an estimated 10 or so, but still seems worth giving a shot. However, the next two bulbs on the ladder offer a longer warranty, at least.

“The XL line is aimed at home and commercial customers who want to be sure of a longer-lasting LED and the 3 year/35,000 hour warranty to back it up. Finally, the Energy Star-qualified Pharox PRO bulbs (coming soon) are designed with the commercial and rebate-driven customer in mind and will carry a 5-year replacement guarantee.”

You Can Have Big Savings

Again, the savings potential from going with these LEDs over incandescent light bulbs is huge.

“A typical 40-watt incandescent bulb costs approximately $5.69 per year to use at $0.13 per kWh, three hours a day. The equivalent Pharox 350 lumen bulb (BLU, XL and PRO) costs just $0.85 per year in energy use. As these durable LED bulbs last between 15,000 – 35,000 hours, in most cases they pay for themselves in less than two years and keep on paying for years after.”

*“In the conservative scenario (3 hours average per day, $0.13 kWh lowest tier pricing), the pay back is just over 2 years: most Pharox buyers replace bulbs they use closer to 5-6 hours a day and shave off top tier pricing at e.g. $0.30) realizing a 6 month pay back time.”

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  • Bob_Wallace

    A two year old article, but brand new news.

    Home Depot is selling (in store only) the Cree A21 LED for $4.97.

    That’s a 100 watt incandescent replacement. 1600 lumens.

    18 watts. 82 watts saved.

    2700K and 5000K.

  • That’s right, now LED light bulbs become more cheaper.

  • Sarah

    I wish we could get these at such a low price in the UK. The cheapest
    Pharox LED standard domestic light we can get here is £12.00, and the
    dimmable ones are nearly £20.00. How’s about opening up some shops in
    the UK, or having a UK based web site so we don’t have to pay import
    duty. You would make a mint and help the planet.

  • Sarah

    I wish we could get these at such a low price in the UK. The cheapest Pharox LED standard domestic light we can get here is £20.00, and the dimmable ones are nearly £20.00. How’s about opening up some shops in the UK, or having a UK based web site so we don’t have to pay import duty. You would make a mint and help the planet.

    • You purchase them online. Not sure if they ship to the UK, though. And, in any case, it seems that all their products are out of stock. Not sure what the deal is there.

  • oceanfront

     I’m intrigued.  And I love warm white 2700k.  Maybe I’ll get one of these.   For certain hallways I only put a bulb will generate just enough light.  That way I don’t need to dim them.  Of course knowing each led is dim able would be nice.

  • Peter B. Master Electrician

    Regarding the comment on getting sunburned, it comes from a UK study about 2 years ago. I’m checking to see if I still have the article.

  • Peter B. Master Electrician

    Thank You for the heads up on the $5.00 Led bulb. One other point I think I should make. In the plant where I am employed (26+ years) we use the CFL’s in the hallways (they use to be 75w. R30’s) and when they die we had an issue of extracting them from the pot lights. 2 out of every 3 bulbs removed break. The reason the base of the lamp is plastic and brittle and there is enough wiggle room that the tubes fracture. Because of this we have had to implement a procedure for relamping these fixtures. A cheaper LED would be a better light source and the relamping less frequent. I began using LED’s in out exit fixtures and so far in 10 years have not replaced one of these. While I’m ranting did you know you can get sun burned from CFL’s?

    • ” While I’m ranting did you know you can get sun burned from CFL’s? ” — Say who?! 😀

      On LEDs: yeah, i think the will (eventually) take over the market.

    • also, let us know if you try out that $5 bulb & what you think!! 😀

    • oceanfront

      Tell employees not to make them so tight.  I simply screw mine in until they light up, and then turn them only a tiny bit more and that’s it.  They always come out.

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  • It’s really cheap ,while this kind of light bulb also have disadvantages ,for example ,the lumens is too low ,which can’t be accept by lots of people .
    Is there any light bulbs with the same lumen as about 400 while sell $5 only ?

  • Thanks 😀

  • Do we know the color temperature? The name BLU doesn’t make it sound pleasant.

    LED light is directional, so 200 lumens is brighter in some fixtures that it sounds.


    • The link above bring you to the light bulb’s site — that’s got all the info i imagine is available on it

  • SM9

    im all for this – but really, these offerings arent earth shattering 200 lumens is equiv to a 25watt incan bulb. Not a very big replacement pool out there for 25watt bulbs. And the 350lumen version: home depot has been selling a 430lumen LED for $10 for months now….

    • The specs are 240 lumens, actually:

      Shape equivalent: A, A19
      Fitting: E26
      Wattage: 5 watt
      Voltage: 110 volt
      Line frequency: 50-60 hz
      Average lifetime: 15,000 hrs
      Color temperature: 2700 K
      Luminous flux / Light output: 240 lumen
      Color Rendering Index: 85
      Typical efficacy: 42 lm/W
      Net weight per piece: 0.135 kg / 0.30 lbs
      Diameter: 58 mm / 2.28 inches
      Height: 105 mm / 4.13 inches
      Dimmable: No

      I like the 2700K color temperature — very warm without being overly red. 15,000 hours is pretty short for an LED, though.


      • oceanfront

         So it’s a shorter life LED then.   I actually kind of like that at this point.  I was nervous about paying some super high price for a bulb then feeling like I had to own it for say 25 years, lol.  If you look at the price you could buy 3 of them for $15, then the total life would be 45,000 hours 🙂

    • oceanfront

       AT one point I saw the HD bulb which was equivalent of 60watt bulb for $7.99.  I wish I had snagged one or two.  Especially since I’ve been passing up the higher priced bulbs.

  • a

    Lately looked at the IKEA LED lamp offerings.. good deal, but these things get very hot, you can’t touch them.. Always thought LED wasn’t getting any hot..

  • This has to be a win win for anyone who wants to save energy and money at the same time. These payback scenarios are good, and exactly what consumers need in order to make a purchasing decision. 2 years is not a long time, but if you can also realize savings in just 6 months, that is even better, and for less than $5 a bulb, you can’t go wrong!

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