Nicole Jewell

Philips Unveils Innovative $10 Pancake-Shaped SlimStyle LED Light Bulb

by , 01/03/14

Phillips SlimStyle Bulb, incandescent bulb ban 2013, energy efficiency, energy saving initiatives

Philips recently unveiled SlimStyle – a revolutionary flat A19 LED light bulb that would make Edison proud. With the 2014 federal phase-out of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs now in effect, the company hopes that the SlimStyle’s streamlined shape and reduced price will convince more consumers to buy LED lighting for their homes. The new, more aesthetically-pleasing bulb is more affordable than current LED and CFL bulbs on the market thanks to its streamlined design, which eliminates the need for a heatsink.

Phillips SlimStyle Bulb, incandescent bulb ban 2014, energy efficiency, energy saving initiatives

Although the majority of consumers are quite familiar with the many benefits of LED lighting, the LED market for personal use has been slow to pick up steam. While it is widely accepted that LED bulbs reduce energy usage and costs and last much longer than incandescent bulbs, consumers have complained about the quality of light and high price of LED lighting. The typical LED blue-tinted illumination has not won over many consumers accustomed to the warm ambience of incandecents. And despite a guaranteed longer lifespan, the high price of LED bulbs has also been a deterrent to widespread use.

However, with SlimStyle’s innovative flat design, Philips has managed to slash the price of the new 60 watt bulb by using the flat pancake shape, therefore eliminating the need for a metal heat sink, a component that was largely responsible for the high price tag of LED bulbs. Additionally, according to Philips, the new bulb can completely replace a 60W incandescent with similar beautiful light. And it sells at Home Depot for just $9.97.

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Via Fast CoDesign

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3 Comments

  1. Mark McKee January 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Unfortunately I changed to LED completely already over the last year or so and since these bulbs last forever it looks like I won’t be getting any of the new designs that are coming out. I got some undercounter lights that are less than a 1/4 inch thick and adhere with a strong adhesive.

    Frankly, I think this law that forces us to change to LED is going to lead to some pretty phenomenal designs since LED bulbs present some design opportunities that incandescents never

  2. Kat KuleKat January 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    The “high price” of LED bulbs has persisted as a myth for well over a year now. A “cheap” incandescent bulb will set you back say $1 but cost around $16 over it’s lifespan (let’s say 1000 hours). The LED quoted above retails at about $10 and will cost considerably less than $2 in electricity for 1000 hours use.

    So for the first 1k hours the LED is cheaper by $5 (17 – 12). But an LED lifespan is more like 20,000 hours by which time it will have proved cheaper by $290. Check it out: http://www.kulekat.com/led-home-lighting/worth-converting-led-light-bulbs.html

  3. wickets January 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

    not available at my local home depot or via their website….looking forward to trying them out when they are for sale

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