General Electric has announced it will phase out the manufacturing of CFL ("curly") bulbs in the US market, and turn to LED lamps instead. Like many others, I was never a fan of the CFL lamps other than for utility lighting, and while we do have several LED bulbs in our home, we still mostly have traditional incandescent lighting.
This year, GE will cease production of its coiled compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for the U.S. market and instead focus its consumer lighting efforts on LED lamps. Few people will mourn the end of the CFL era. Introduced in the mid-1980s, CFLs enjoyed a spurt of popularity after Oprah Winfrey endorsed them in 2007. The bulbs briefly accounted for about 30 percent of U.S. light bulb sales. But the bulbs, which heat gas rather than a filament, were never really beloved, and last year accounted for just 15 percent of sales. Consumers complained CFL light was too harsh, didn’t work with dimmers, flickered and took too long to warm up and light a room.