Gallery: Philips’ Innovative New L Prize Winning 10W LED Bulb Will Laun...


Philips has announced that it will be launching the most energy-efficient, high performance light bulb ever made – the award-winning L Prize LED Bulb in stores on April 22, 2012, just in time for Earth Day. The bulb, winner of the U.S. government’s $10 million L-Prize, uses a mere 10W of energy to glow significantly brighter than a 60W incandescent bulb (at 940 lumens) – meaning it uses less than 1/6th of the electricity to output more light. The L Prize bulb retails for $60 but Philips will be discounting it to $50 for consumers and government rebates could reduce the price even more to $30. $50 might seem like a lot of money, but when you consider the energy bill savings each month, the durability and lack of mercury, and the fact that you won’t have to replace this bulb for 20 years, it becomes apparent how smart of an investment this is over the long term.

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  1. mcohrs July 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    The problem I face is obsolescence. In the last 6 years I replaced my incandescent with halogens, then with CFLs, then improved CFLs, then with LEDs, then better, longer lasting LEDs, now the Philips super LED comes along. I cannot believe that the $50 cost of the bulb will be the end. If I keep my half as good bulb (CFL, LED, Halogen or whatever), will abetter bulb not be ready in 3-5 years, and will my total 30 year expenditure be lower by waiting those 5 years while using existing “last years” technology?

  2. 1heartopened April 22, 2012 at 10:58 am

    This is truly an amazing feet in sustainable technology. I can understand that $50 for a lightbulb may seem very steep for some, yet imagine not having to buy another light bulb for 20 years! I hope we continue in this direction, investing in sustainable solutions for products we use everyday.

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