Lowe's offers LED bulb with Energy Star rating

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s says it is the first national retailer to offer consumers an Energy Start-rated LED A-Line bulb. 

The GE Energy Smart 9-watt LED bulb became available through Lowes.com Dec. 22. The $34.98 bulb offers a unique omni-directional light output meant to replace a 40-watt incandescent bulb in desk, bedside or hallway lamps. It also offers instant full brightness like incandescent and halogen bulbs; a 77% energy savings compared with a 40-watt incandescent bulb; and a rated life of over 22 years when operated 3 hours per day, according to a Lowe's press release.

The innovation provides "exceptional value for our consumers," said Karena Bailey, Lowe's merchandising VP.