[Originally posted at Jetson Green. This is pretty impressive looking at least at first glance. I haven’t seen a distribution photometric, but it’s supposed to be a pretty broad angle of lighting, unlike some of the early LED bulbs. This is only a 20-watt equivalent, but it won’t be long before there’s a 60-watt equivalent being sold in 4-packs at the big box.]

What can you do if you’d like to use an energy efficient light bulb, but you think that they look funky? How about a LED bulb that looks and functions almost exactly like an incandescent filament bulb?

Panasonic has introduced a clear bulb with a standard base that looks almost identical to an incandescent. It has a warm 2700K light color, similar to an incandescent. It has the lifespan (40,000+ hours) you would expect from an LED. And it only uses 4.4 watts of power, but produces 210 lumens, the light equivalent to a 20-watt incandescent.

This bulb also has a color rendering index (CRI) of 80, which is similar to other LEDs and good CFL bulbs. And, as with other LED bulbs, the bulb contains no mercury.

Read the whole article at Jetson Green.