Philips offers state-of-the-art LED light bulbs. The new LED bulb by Philips is the most energy-efficient yet, lasts about 20 years and is supposed to give off a pleasing, natural-looking light. But what separates it from the pack most is the price tag: $60. Philips continues to advance in technology, specializing in energy efficiency. Recently on Earth Day, Philips unveiled this new LED Light bulb with a 20-year life.
The prize-winning, super energy saving LED bulb from Philips, said to last over 20 years, went on sale online and in stores to coincide with Earth Day. The bulb that won the 2011 US Department of Energy’s “Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize,” was available from retailers for $50, and Philips said it was planning discounts to bring the cost down to as little as $25-$30. Though the bulb costs about 100 times more than an old fashioned incandescent bulb, a new $50 light bulb is not as crazy as it sounds. The new bulb can last up to 30 years, is just as bright as the old-fashioned kind, and uses a fraction of the electricity.
The 10-watt light bulb was deemed an efficient alternative to the standard 60-watt incandescent bulb, and when used three hours a day, boasted an impressive 27.4 years maximum life span, the company said. For consumers attentive to cost, Philips said the price tag was easily offset by energy savings of $165 over its lifetime. The new LED will eventually save you money, even at 50 bucks a pop, both because it lasts longer than other bulbs, and because it uses just 10 watts of electricity to give off as much light as a 60 watt incandescent. Even the most frugal bulb buyers will eventually have to part ways with that 50-cent light bulb, because congressional-mandated efficiency standards aim to phase out production of traditional incandescents by 2014.
But even if you do not buy one, you have already helped pay for it. The Department of Energy awarded the bulb’s maker, Philips, a $10 million prize for developing the “affordable” light bulb of the future.
Consumers are starting to view light bulbs as more of a household appliance than a disposable product. LED lamps are a cost-effective, energy-saving, highly efficient light provider.
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