Smart Bulbs: How Many Features Does it Take to Screw in an LED Light Bulb?
Thomas Edison reportedly tried 3,000 different ideas for the light bulb before he found one that would sell. Over a century later, his winning formula is rapidly falling out of favor. Much of the world has decided to ban inefficient incandescent light bulbs, or at least drive them out of the market using minimum efficiency standards. When existing bulbs burn out, consumers will have to choose between halogen, CFL, or LED alternatives. In many ways, LEDs seem like the best bet: they’re generally more efficient, last longer, turn on faster, fit more places