Economically, it's tough to be an environmentalist, especially when your life starts sounding like an expensive Mastercard commercial: organic strawberries ($4.99), Envirocycle Composter ($179.99), Camry hybrid ($26,140). But LED chip-maker Cree's excursion into the lightbulb market aims to make living the green life a little easier (priceless). Their 40-watt and 60-watt Cree LED Bulbs -- positioned to offer consumers quality lighting at a low price -- last 25,000 hours, or 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. The company estimates that by replacing just five bulbs with Cree LEDs, the average consumer will save $61 a year on electric bills.
The bulb's true innovation lies in the Cree LED Filament Tower, which allows the bulb to maintain the familiar incandescent shape while offering the increased energy savings of an LED bulb. But, unlike other low-priced LEDs, Cree lights emit warm light, boast a ten-year warrantee and are dimmable, making them the smart choice for the economist, the environmentalist and anyone who's trying to set the mood.
Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope.
The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.
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