What happens when one of the biggest electronic companies in the world turns its hand to creating an energy-efficient light bulb? Well Dutch multi-national Philips have done just that, and they’ve come up with a futuristic looking, super energy saving LED light bulb that is hailed as the next generation in lighting.
The new Philips LED bulb has a distinctive yellow look, it is essentially a 10-watt light bulb that produces a high quality illumination equivalent to a standard 100W bulb and is said to last over 25 years! In fact, it is said to be the most energy-efficient light bulb in the world. However, there is just one catch – the price! In the US the new LED lights from Philips went on sale with a hefty $60 (£37) price tag, however there are subsidies and rebates in the pipeline meaning that the retail cost could come down as low as $20 (£12) in most stores.
This revolutionary LED light bulb came top in the Bright Tomorrow competition run by the US Department of Energy that aimed to find an energy efficient alternative to the 60-watt incandescent light bulb. Philips were the only entrant though, due to huge investment in research and development that took over 18 months, many smaller independent manufacturers were priced out.
The bulb produces a quality of light that is almost identical to a standard incandescent bulb whilst using 90% less electricity, the natural illumination given off is a real step forward for LED lighting technology, showing that there is a viable alternative to incandescent bulbs (that are due to be banned anyway) and their compact fluorescent counterparts that have a number of issues around the harmful chemicals and toxins contained within them.
The future of lighting has to be energy efficient and eco friendly, The US Department of Energy has estimated that if every 60-watt incandescent bulb in the U.S. was replaced with the Philips LED light bulb, the country would save about $3.9 billion a year in electricity costs and avoid 20 million metric tons of carbon emissions.