LED A-Lamps Break the $10 Barrier
The price of LED A-lamp bulbs, with the traditional pear-shape, has just plummeted. This development is significant, because many A-lamps are used in hotel guest rooms and other locations where they burn only several hours per day. The low usage of these bulbs resulted in a long payback time for purchasers--and many hotels have resisted them.
Now that the price of LED A-lamps has dropped, it's time to take a second look at them. At least three brands are now selling for under $10 per bulb: Switch, Cree soft-white bulbs and Walmart's Great Value line.
Note that hotels can buy Energy Star certified LED bulbs under the Mass Save Program Upstream Incentive program. The Switch and Cree soft white bulbs have earned the Energy Star label, but the Walmart bulb has not, as of yet.
In a related development, Cree just introduced the TW Series of bulbs. They have the best color rendering of any LED on the market. They are a more expensive and slightly less efficient product than their soft-white bulbs.
Boston Bike Network Plan: 75 Miles in the Next Five Years; Improved Safety
The city announced a 30 year bicycle plan that calls for a 356-mile network of bicycle routes. Seventy-five additional miles will be established in the next five years. Ultimately, almost one-third of the routes will be protected. Many other safety measures are planned, too.
Meanwhile, Hubway continues to add stations in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville. In Boston alone, thirteen new stations have come on line in the last month.