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Philips replaces 60-W standard bulb with 12-W LED alternative

5/13/2010 04:00 PM EDT
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DrQuine
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re: Philips replaces 60-W standard bulb with 12-W LED alternative
DrQuine   7/8/2010 12:42:28 AM
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The instant on capability of LED lights (compared with the slow start of higher wattage compact fluorescent lights - CFLs) should make LED replacements much more acceptable to consumers. Sellers will need to address the skepticism of early CFL adopters who may be reluctant to change technologies again so quickly when they were promised 7 years of savings from their existing CFL investments.

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Neo10   7/6/2010 6:30:29 AM
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A much needed innovation but it remains to be seen if it follows it's CFL cousin in adoption or goes big time. A major grouse with those low power CFLs is that they save on power but come nowhere near the incandescent in terms of luminosity and colour. And they are not comparable to incandescent bulbs in terms of cost. Another concern in other less developed regions of the world is it's robustness to voltage fluctuation. If it addresses all these concerns then it could light a bulb in consumers else plop!

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kdboyce   7/5/2010 5:21:04 PM
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Temperature management will be an important factor in the LED light life data. Consumers will not think about the LED bulbs beyond just screwing them in. While the Philips bulb looks like it had heat sinking integrated in the design, enclosures/fixtures can adversely affect actual heat dissipation and therefore the life. I, too, have experienced many CFL failures well below expected life numbers and would really like to see LED lighting become affordable as quickly as possible. You can get a sense it is beginning to happen as certain retail outlets (Lowes, Home Depot) are beginning to offer LED lighting products, but no standalone bulbs just yet.

Duane Benson
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Duane Benson   5/13/2010 11:01:53 PM
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This is exciting, but I'd like to see some serious real-world life test data. I'm a big fan of the potential of LED lighting, but I have difficulty in holding back my skepticism on the rated life numbers. I have replaced too many dead "6,000 hour CFL" bulbs after one to three months due to the difference between theory and the real-world applications that live outside of all of the lifespan caveats.

patrick.mannion
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patrick.mannion   5/13/2010 9:40:51 PM
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Hey Bernie, nice story. While Philips is being coy on pricing, I hear it's in the $60 range. Probably around $10 in a couple of years.

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