GE announced earlier this month that its U.S. consumer lighting business will cease manufacturing and distribution of CFL light bulbs for the U.S. market by the end of 2016. The shift of the company’s business model away from the CFL will allow it to focus fully on enabling LED and the connected home.
With the announcement of the new Energy Star spec, the U.S. consumer lighting market is at a “tipping point,”according to the GE statement. Energy costs, longer life-times, and connected capabilities have put the LED on an upward trajectory, while the CFL spiral is expected to decline by 3x in the next few years. In that same time, LED adoption is expected to climb to more than 50 percent of residential sockets.
To read a copy of GE’s “break up” letter to the CFL bulb, visit https://www.gelighting.com/litwithlove