By Andrew Liszewski
I’ve never had reason to complain, but apparently there is a subset of consumers who feel that energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs don’t get bright enough, fast enough, for their needs. And that has prompted GE to create this new hybrid bulb which features a small halogen capsule surrounded by a CFL tube. When first turned on the halogen bulb illuminates along with the CFL to provide “noticeably brighter” illumination in less than half a second, but automatically shuts off when the CFL reaches its full brightness for maximum energy efficiency. The new hybrid bulbs will be available in Canada and the US starting next year with 15 and 20-watt versions designed to replace 60 and 75-watt incandescent bulbs, and pricing to be announced at a later date.