Update on the VU1 Bulb
Coming soon to a store near you: the VU1 R30 bulb, which uses Electron Stimulated Luminescence™ (ESL) technology.
 
Where is the VU1 bulb? I have not yet seen it on my supermarket shelf.
The VU1 R30 lamp became available Dec. 1 on the Lowe’s website and will be in stores in February. I did get a sample and feel that the quality of the light and the dimmability are very close to incandescent. It did surprise me, though, how hot the lamp got. I’ve been getting some reports back of early lamp failure when installed in a base-up position. I hear the company is replacing those lamps at no cost.
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Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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We install them in our eco

We install them in our eco cottages and when we ran out from our supplier, we went to the local retailers and they were sold out. Looks like the demand for these is super high! We are a eco-friendly modular homebuilder in the Mid-Atlantic US. http://www.homes-by-vanderbuilt.com/

I understand that the

I understand that the problems with the beta editions of these lamps have been resolved. Lowe's has done testing before accepting the product for sale.

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