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Published on October 6th, 2013 | by James Ayre


Walmart Launches “Great Value” Line Of LED Lightbulbs — LEDs For Under $10 A Piece Now Available In All US Stores

October 6th, 2013 by  

If you’ve been wanting to replace the lights in your home with energy-efficient LEDs but have been holding off because of the initial investment, well, it looks like you no longer have that excuse. πŸ™‚ Walmart just made the announcement that it’s launching a “Great Value” line of LED lightbulbs — with prices set rather low, under $10 bucks a pop for some models. A welcome development, hopefully this will spur a rapid adoption of the energy-bill reducing lightbulbs. The new line will be available throughout all of the US, as well as on the company’s website.

For those still on the fence about switching to LEDs, here are a couple of things to keep in mind: LEDs are on average 80% more energy efficient than conventional lightbulbs, emit around 40% less heat, and last about 25 times longer. The average American can save about $129 dollars a year on their energy bills by switching to LEDs.


With regard to the new “Great Value” line from Walmart, the line consists of 26 different types, including: “a non-dimmable 60-watt equivalent LED that will retail for $8.88; a dimmable 60-watt equivalent LED for $9.88; an indoor flood non-dimmable 65-watt equivalent LED for $14.88; and an indoor flood Dimmable 65-watt equivalent for $15.88.”

“Walmart makes purchasing LED a simple choice for consumers through the new low price and package design that is easy to understand. Consumers get excellent light output that is more reliable, convenient, better for the environment and saves money in the long run,” stated Steve Bratspies, executive vice president of general merchandise for Walmart.

Note that these LEDs are different from the $10 Cree LEDs we wrote about on Friday that are now available at Home Depot.

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  • SirSparks

    Often in such a case the reality is; Non technical writers including technical expressions because they think it makes them appear cool. They remain of course, totally oblivious to their ineptitudes and the fact that wiser people scorn them.

  • James Van Damme

    Are they guaranteed for 20,000 hours? Because, you know, they’re supposed to last that long, according to the hype. I might try one, but I trust Cree more.

  • SirSparks

    Hmm! “80% more efficient and 40% less heat”! So from just where is that extra efficiency being achieved? Maybe I didn’t know that incandescent bulbs used to waste energy on bad photons too ??

    • Ronald Brakels

      Well, lumans measure brightness as perceived by the human eye, and shortwave visible light is perceived as being brighter than long wave visible light and LEDs tend to have bluish light while incandescents have ruddy light. I don’t know if that actually accounts for the descrepancy though.

      • SirSparks

        Actually all those conversions/relative illumination values* have already been done in the quoted 20%/80% ratios. So still no explanation of the “negative heat value.”


        • Ronald Brakels

          Yes, it doesn’t make sense, does it? I suppose it could reffer to operating temperature but that doesn’t work out either.

          • Ronald Brakels

            Actually, I get an operating temperature of about 35% less than a 60 watt incandescent bulb, so an operating temperature that is 40% cooler might be about right for an LED bulb (as measured in Kelvin, of course). But that’s not the same as saying they emit 40% less heat.

          • SirSparks

            As a rule of thumb; quadruple the watts if you double the temperature difference (to ambient).

          • Ronald Brakels

            Everybody got that? Do not put an LED bulb in your chicken incubator and expect to get good results.

          • SirSparks

            Well I’m clucked why I didn’t think of that.

          • Ronald Brakels

            I know it’s a bad idea to use a 100 watt incandescent bulb in an egg incubator. If you do it becomes a matter of cooking your chickens before they’re hatched.

          • Bob_Wallace

            I had one of those in Cambodia once.

            More accurately I bought one, thinking it was a hard boiled egg. Once I cracked it open and saw fuzz and feet I discovered that I wasn’t really hungry….

  • mzso

    Ehhh…. Still marketing with stupid watt equivalent which is not even constant between different types of mains electricity.
    Why can’t they just advertise lumens and wattage. That provides every useful information for power and consumption.

    • James Van Damme

      So does using km for road signs. But you overestimate the intelligence of the average American.

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