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    Brainwrap

    respect deals that come along especially in places like here in Boston with "utility instant rebates." Several commenters also allude to internet specials as well.

    It is important to note the utility doesn't do this because they are good guys. The state regulator requires it just like they requires them to buy a bunch of renewable energy.

    But the sign at joints like costco prominently display the shareholder-owned utility name so, IMO, it's great advertising (albeit false advertising :-))

    My point is I think the MANDATED rebates in a lot states/countries got the (Chinese) manufacturers attention and production went way up and prices went way down.

    I remember when the screw-in fluorescents came out and the regulators made them do the rebate thing for ~ten years.

    Towards the end of the program, screw-in fluorescents were cheap and the state said enough. rebates ended. Cost continued to fall. Critical mass thing. Buy em for $1.
    But fluorescents way not as nice as LED's.

    Same thing could happen with LEDs. Just bought 3 pack of LED's at costco for $16 and am impressed with them. I bought my first LED a year ago for $10 (including rebate) and really liked it but $10 bit pricey!

    So, hopefull you and I will still be buying light bulbs when LEDs cost a $1 :-)

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