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New Super Efficient Pharox 60 LED Bulbs Last for 25 Years

by , 10/05/09

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One of the most exciting new products we found at West Coast Green this past weekend is the latest innovation by Lemnis Lighting, the Pharox 60 LED Dimmable Lightbulb, that uses just 6 Watts and has the equivalent luminescence of the traditional 60 Watt incandescent bulb. The Pharox 60 fits a standard sized household light fixture, is made of recyclable material, and is the most energy efficient bulb of comparable light quality on the market today with a light output of 300 lumens and a warm white light of 3000K. A patented heat sink keeps the bulb temperature low (we think it’s the aluminum housing surround) and it is the most environmentally safe option on the market as well, containing NO lead, mercury, or wolfram, unlike it’s compact fluorescent competitors.

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Compared to the incandescent bulb, which lasts an average 1,000 hours, the Pharox 60 is expected to last a 35,000 hour lifespan. According to Lemnis, if every American household switched just one 60W light bulb to a Pharox light, $1.4 Billion in electricity costs and 9 billion kilowatt hours would be saved annually. This would equate to a carbon emissions reduction of 5.2 billion kg annually. Though it may not be practical or economical to switch out all of a home’s light bulbs to the relatively expensive Pharox bulb, switching out a few (especially those in light-sensitive areas) is a more accessible energy savings strategy than investing in solar power, and it makes more sense to cut down on the energy load before finding alternative energy sources.

Lemnis claims the Pharox 60 will last 6 times longer than a CFL and 35 times longer than an incandescent bulb, with an estimated 25-year lifespan. In a line up with three other competitors currently on the market, the Zetalux EarthLED (retail $38.95); the Crane GeoBULB (retail $99.95); and the Philips EnduraLED (retail $40.00), the Pharox 60 beats them out in cost, weight, power factor, wattage, and most notably, its ability to be dimmed.

At West Coast Green, we were presented with the Pharox 60 by none other than Lemnis’ founder Warner Philips, the great grandson of Anton Philips, who founded Philips Electronics and brought the incandescent bulb to homes world wide in the last century. So it’s no surprise that the latest generation of Philips family should bring us the warm hue we are used to with the substantial energy savings that households need. The kicker, you might say, is the price tag, at $39.95 a bulb… but compared to the hefty price of lesser quality lighting debuting this time last year, we can only expect the price to go down as these bulbs reach mass market. Pharox 60 bulbs are currently available at mypharox.com and will be coming soon to Amazon.

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12 Comments

  1. frugaltom September 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Hey Linda please contact info(at)kuuala(dot)com and we can definitely get some of these globes to you in Australia.

  2. L. Ray September 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    How do we buy these globes in Australia?
    thanks
    Linda

  3. frugaltom August 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I also wanted to point out that the Pharox 60 is now called the Pharox 300 and has a rated output of 360 lumens and a CRI of 86 @ a color temperature of 2900K (warmer than previous versions). All of this info can be checked at lightingfacts.com.

  4. FrugalTom August 5, 2010 at 11:14 am

    The Pharox 300 bulb is great for applications where the light is directed downwards or under a lamp shade to get an equivalent effect to the 60-watt incandescent.

    It is CFL’s that cause migraines and skin rashes and not LEDs. The cause of the problems is the UV light emitted by the fluorescents.

    Compatible dimmers:

    Lutron – D-603PH-DK; S600PEH-WH; DL-600PL; DV-603P
    Leviton – 6615-POW; 6618; 6631-LW

    I am sure there are more but these have been tested and work flawlessly.

    Furthermore, the Pharox 400 (75-watt replacement) and the Pharox 500 (90-watt replacemnt) are due out later this year for those who need something brighter.

    Lastly, after some price shopping I found that http://www.kuuala.com has indeed the best price at $29.96 compared to alcn lighting at $49.50.

    Cheers,

    Tom

  5. millerdaniel June 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I have been doing a ton of research to find the right replacement. I manage a bed and breakfast in Santa Barbara CA. This item is one of the best I have seen on the market. It dims like any other incandescent lamp with a standard dimmer switch. I also found the best deal on the net at:

    http://www.alconlighting.com/product_info.php?products_id=1107

    These guys are super nice and helpful.

  6. Peter03 March 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I have put these pharox bulbs in my home and they are exceptional. Make sure you get a digital dimmer for the pharox bulbs as they don’t work that well traditional light dimmers. I got mine from http://www.kuuala.com

  7. Mags December 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I hate to say this but the CRI is actually 86. For the best results it needs to be between 90-100 CRI.
    Close, but no cigar for SAD.

  8. curiousTom October 26, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I am not much of an expert but I have heard that these LED lamps are not very good for people who suffer from Migraines. In some cases it could even provoke them.
    Could someone help clarify this for me, because I am hesitating on changing my lightbulbs for exactly this reason. Maybe it’s just a rumor but I want to be sure before I find myself getting regular migraines.
    Thanks

  9. lighthouse10 October 10, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Kirfly,

    good news about the Led light, thanks for the update.
    Hopefully bright (100w equivalent) omnidirectionality will follow.

    As for energy efficiency,
    advice as to people can save energy is always good and welcome,
    but regulation is a different matter.

    It may sound good to “only allow efficient products”.
    Unfortunately, whether for buildings or TV sets or dishwashers or light bulbs,
    many desirable product features, e.g. the performance, appearance, construction
    as well as purchase cost and indeed overall savings can be tied up with product versions that use more energy http://www.ceolas.net/#cc2x

    As for emissions,
    electrical products don’t give out any CO2 gas,
    Power stations might not either, it is unfair to deny choice to low emission households
    that already dominate some regions, and will increase everywhere,
    since emissions will be reduced anyway through the planned use of coal/gas processing technology and/or energy substitution.

    Any new power plant is from what consumers choose to buy and use,
    energy savings are not that great anyway for many reasons, as said in the previous comment with links,
    and even if such energy savings were there, taxation rather than bans retains choice and gives significant government income with reduced sales (currently 2 billion annually in USA), income that can be used to lower energy use and emissions (via renewable energy projects, home energy schemes etc ) more than any remaining light bulb use causes them.

  10. kirfly October 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    This bulb has a CRI of 90, and light color of about 3000, and a smooth color curve, as opposed to the spiky color curve of CFLS. Given it’s statistics, I think it would have a much better light spectrum than fluorescent. It has light waves of all colors, and thus is able to accurately show color in the room.

    Also efficiency trumps generation in any strategy to cut GHG emissions, save energy, avoid building new power plants and create cost effective change in energy policy. I think that is why the “cut down” strategy is in vogue.

  11. lighthouse10 October 7, 2009 at 6:53 am

    New LED developments are always welcome,
    though it should be remembered that “warm white” LEDs (as opposed to red-green-blue light combination LEDS) have the same narrow light spectrum as CFLs, arising from the same phosphorescence process.
    In my view also it is better for people to use simply what they like, with energy provided according to whatever emission criteria one wishes to put on it, rather than the cut down and save strategy currently in vogue.

  12. seattle_architects October 5, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    We’ve been waiting for a dimmable LED for some time now. It’s good to see if is finally available, and the size looks perfect.

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