LED replacement for household bulbs revealed

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The Independent Online

The new 12-watt EnduraLED bulb, presented by Philips at the Lightfair International tradeshow in Las Vegas on May 12, will deliver up to 80 percent of energy savings and last 25 times longer than its traditional counterpart.

Constituting a first real alternative to conventional lightbulbs, a product that has remained unchanged for more than a century, the EnduraLED has a life of 25,000 hours, compared to the 1,000-hour lifespan of a 60-watt incandescent bulb.

This not only saves business households $120 per lamp; according to the electronics company, the implications are a lot more drastic: LED household bulbs have the potential to save 32.6 terawatt-hours of electricity in one year (in the US), which is enough to power the lights of 16.7 million American households.

Philips also paid attention to aesthetic issues, using phosphor technology to achieve the same soft light customers are used to from conventional lighting: "We have been able to show people around the world that LED lighting can deliver energy efficiency and the warm white light people desire for their homes, without compromise to quality," said Rudy Provoost, CEO of Philips Lighting.

It is still unclear what the new bulb will retail for, but it will already go on sale towards the end of this year, ahead of legislation requiring the use of more energy-efficient lighting, coming into force in 2012.

Meanwhile, the Home Depot has also introduced a line of eco-friendly LED bulbs, which will sell for $20, described as half the price of competing prices. Called EcoSmart, this product is already available in the US at http://www.homedepot.com.