The Washington Post

Government-subsidized green light bulb carries costly price tag
The Washington Post

The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the prize would spur industry to offer the costly bulbs, known as LEDs, at prices “affordable for American families.” There was also a “Buy America” component. Portions of the bulb would have to be made in the United States.

Now the winning bulb is on the market.

The price is $50.

Retailers said the bulb, made by Philips, is likely to be too pricey to have broad appeal. Similar LED bulbs are less than half the cost.

Si on avait confié au gouvernement le mandat de créer le prochain iPhone, on aurait probablement eu droit à un téléphone à roulette qui aurait été vendu plusieurs milliers de dollars et qui aurait coûté des dizaines de milliards en recherche et développement…