NEW YORK (AP) — The first LED bulbs that are about the same size and brightness as regular 100-watt bulbs are reaching stores. They provide an alternative to compact fluorescents after the federal government banned the production of regular 100-watt bulbs at the start of the year because they're energy-inefficient.
Using light-emitting diodes, the new bulbs from Osram Sylvania use 20 watts and cost $50. They are designed to fit regular light fixtures. However, the bulbs are slightly larger than regular bulbs, so they may not fit in all lamps.