Philips' New Green 12-Watt LED Bulbs Could Replace 425 Million 60-Watt Energy Hogs

philips 12w LEDPhilips has just unveiled what it's calling the "world's first LED replacement for [the] most common household bulb," taking aim at the aging, inefficient 60W gizmo that's been lighting our homes since forever. This is the future of lighting, people.

Philips lifted the veil—or perhaps, pulled back the shutter—on its new EnduraLED effort at the Lightfair International tradeshow, but it'll be a few months until it's piling onto shelves in consumer hardware stores. In fact, it'll arrive right at the end of this year in the U.S., but that's still months ahead of upcoming legislation that requires more efficient lighting systems.

We've been hearing about supposedly magic LED lights for a while now, but Philips is noting that the 12W Endura unit is a direct swap-in replacement for the most common 60W bulb in use—over 425 million of which are sold in the U.S. every year, making up some 50% of the bulb sales market. These bulbs, while cheap and reliable, have a limited lifespan and such a horrendous inefficiency in turning electrical energy into useful light that they're being phased out for the sake of economic and environmental protection all around the world. They were temporarily replaced by a glut of compact fluorescent units, as you'll know ... but technologically these units aren't ideal, and the light they deliver is often un-dimmable, and very artificial-looking to the human eye.

Hence the interest in LEDs. Philips is noting it had to call in the scientists to perfect the "remote phosphor" technology (the magic that makes these units glow in soft white colors) in the new white LEDs inside the Endura bulbs, as well as working to get the optical light-casting performance of the bulbs up to standard. The resulting units are suitably high-tech looking, and each can "deliver up to 80% energy savings and last 25 times longer than its century-old predecessor." Each unit will cost much more than its glass and filament 60W incandescent ancestor, but a lifespan of some 25,000 hours (three years permanently lit, or about 10 years or so of "normal" use) combined with the electricity savings you'll make will compensate for the price.

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  • Loretta Rice

    You can get the new Philips A19 12.5 watt 60 watt replacement at EarthLED. It's only $20.00 after a $10.00 rebate for a limited time. Another important feature is the smoothe dimmable effect. Take advantage if you're hoping to convert your home to LED's and want to find low price, high quality LED's.

  • Loretta Rice

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  • Willem

    Hello Sheldon, you calculate (for the philips bulb )50 lumens per watt. That's not correct. This philips bulb is 12W/ 807 Lumens, so it's more than 67 Lumens per watt.. I bought it, and I confirm it's very srong, it's the first bub that really meets my needs. And it's dimmable too...

  • Joseph Brasington

    I bought a 8 watt LED bulb but it seemed to dim for my lighting needs so I took it back. I'm hoping these 12 watt will work

  • Sheldon Norberg

    Once again the publicity machine stumbles over itself to announce an LED bulb.
    What happened to Warner Philips bulb that the press was agog over a mere six months ago?
    This one uses twice the energy of that, and at 50 lumens per watt is far from winning the L-Prize.