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Are New LED Lightbulbs Worth Their Cost?

New light emitting diode, or LED, lightbulbs that are popping up on store shelves claim to last five times longer than compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) and 25 times longer than incandescent lightbulbs. But are they worth the additional cost? In a first glance at the Cree CR6 LED, which is among the latest in lightbulb technology, Consumer Reports found it had some advantages over CFLs. When the CR6 is first turned on, it brightens right away, whereas some CFLs take a couple of minutes to fully illuminate.

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