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originally posted by: Arbitrageur
a reply to: nighthawk1954
They can make bulbs that last longer, and people in this thread seem to think we're getting ripped off because that's not the kind we're being sold, but you probably don't want them. Why? Because the longer lasting incandescent bulbs are less efficient, so you'd spend more on electricity, and it would be a bad deal for you because you wouldn't save enough on bulbs to pay for the extra electricity.
Besides incandescent bulbs are history, or should be. The power company in my area has apparently been supporting discounts on compact fluorescent bulbs which I've got for only a dollar each, and they last a long time and are a lot more efficient, and LED lighting is more efficient yet, which will be our primary lighting source one day. I don't know the lifetime of LED lights, but I don't think I've ever had one burn out yet.