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Las Vegas, Nev.
– At the Lightfar International
tradeshow here, Royal Philips Electronics today unveiled its 12 watt EnduraLED
light bulb it claims is the first LED replacement for a 60 watt incandescent
Shown for the first time here, it marks, said Rudy Provoost, CEO of Philips
Lighting, an important breakthrough in the use of LED lighting technology in
To create the new alterative to the light bulb, Provoost said Philips
researchers in The Netherlands created a new remote phosphorous technology and
light distribution design, LUXEON LEDs were integrated from Philips Lumileds in
San Jose, Ca., and electronics for the bulb were built at Philips Color Kinetics
in Burlington, MA and Philips Lighting Electronics in Rosemont, IL. From there,
the bulbs were then sent to the Philips Quality Assurance team in Shanghai to be
rigorously tested for quality and safety standards.
“Consumers will now have an LED alternative to the most commonly used
incandescent bulb, which will deliver up to 80% energy savings and last 25 times
longer than its century-old predecessor.”
To view the two videos above and get an overview and demonstration of the new 60-W LED, click here.
The significance of developing an LED equivalent to the 60 watt has been
recognized by many international organizations, including the U.S. Department of
Energy (DoE), who created the L-prize competition to spur development of this
highly sought after innovation.
According to Provoost, Philips’ entry was the first, and to date remains the
only submission for the L-Prize, which was used as the basis for the 12 watt
EnduraLED. Exceeding the Energy Star specifications for a 60 watt bulb, the
EnduraLED uses only 12 watts of power while delivering an industry benchmark of
If Philips is successful in marketing its new alternative to the
incandescent, it has a very good chance of grabbing a lion’s share of the market
domestic incandescent light bulbs at least in the U.S. Every year more than 425
million 60-watt incandescent light bulbs are sold in the United States,
representing approximately 50% of the domestic incandescent light bulb market.
According to calculations by Philips, this LED replacement has the potential
to save 32.6 terawatt-hours of electricity in one year, enough to power the
lights of 16.7 million U.S. households or 14.4% of the total number of
households in the entire US. It would also eliminate the generation 5.3 million
metric tons of carbon emissions annually.
The EnduraLED works with standard dimmers, further simplifying use. It has
rated life of 25,000 hours, as opposed to a standard 60 watt incandescent bulb
which is rated at about 1,000 hours.
This means that over the course of the LED life, replacing a 60 watt standard
bulb could save a business or household $120 per lamp. It will be available in
the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2010, well ahead of U.S. legislation requiring
the use of more energy efficient lighting which commences in 2012. The retail
price of this EnduraLED has not yet been finalized.
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