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There are over 425 million 60 watt incandescent bulbs sold every year, which makes the energy-sucking globes the most commonly used bulbs in the United States. Lighting the way to a more energy-efficient tomorrow, Philips has just unveiled the 12-watt EnduraLED – the world’s first replacement for the commonly used 60 watt incandescent. The EnduraLED is capable of lasting 25 times longer than a standard incandescent and only consumes 20% of the energy. If all the bulbs in the states were switched to these LEDs it would save 32.6 terawatt-hours of electricity each year — enough energy to power 17 million homes.

Energy efficiency is the easiest and most practical way to help alleviate the world’s energy crisis, which makes switching to the latest wave of ultra-efficient LED bulbs something of a no-brainer. Philip’s new 12 watt wonder bulb is the first LED to replace the 60 watt incandescent, which represents 50% of the domestic incandescent market.

The new bulbs work with standard dimmers and produce a soft white glow that is similar the light emitted by incandescent bulbs. According to Philips, the bulbs feature “new remote phosphorous technology and light distribution design, LUXEON LEDs were integrated from Philips Lumileds in San Jose, CA, and electronics for the bulb were built at Philips Color Kinetics in Burlington, MA and Philips Lighting Electronics in Rosemont, IL.

Although the EnduraLED’s price has not yet been finalized, the new bulbs are expected to be available in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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  1. May 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I purchased some of the 12.5w Philips EnduraLED from and best on my opinion are the best replacement as color temperature for the traditional incandescent bulb. I haved tried many generic LED i found on Amazon but nothink close to this warm white output. I rely leave the output of this LEDs and the dimmable function work perfectly.
    I also plan in the near future to try out the 17w Philips EnduraLed with a output equivalent to 75watt.

  2. ofih May 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

    The philips bulb outputs 800 lumens which is unmatched, and I assume will have a better CRI and/or color temperature compared to cheaper bulbs. This makes it a much higher quality LED bulb than anything on the market right now.

    Traditional 6 w LED bulbs only around 300 lumens. When they say it’s equivalent to 60W they LIE. What they mean is that it is equivalent to 60w only in a certain direction…

  3. solidapollo December 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Well, well well. Philips light bulbs are not that efficient if you take into account the following: 12W for a 60W incandescent light bulb. In the LED industry you can do the same with 6 X 1w Cree Chips = 6W +1W for the LED Driver.

    Also Philips light bulbs have a life expectancy of 25K Hours, compared to other light bulbs in the market, that offer 50K Hours. Price $39? Very expensive for a light bulb that need twice the power as conventional led light bulbs and only 25K hours. What would the ROI on this little guy be?

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  5. cgrospe September 22, 2010 at 10:18 am

    If the Pharox only emits 300 lumens, then it is not equivalent to a 60W incandescent. 60W incandescent has about 800lumens.

  6. Florida Lighting September 20, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I really like LED Lights and I you can learn more about them here.

    They last a very long time.

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  8. souw inge July 7, 2010 at 5:34 am

    we want to know about energy saving bulbs .Is it dangerous when the bulbs broken ? What is it inside the bulbs ? is it true that inside is mercury ? thanks .

  9. straats July 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    The reason that LED lights like this one are better is that they are much less toxic to dispose of once they are burned out. A standard LED light bulb is potentially recyclable.. A standard CFL has toxic mercury in it, enough to make it mandatory that it goes ONLY into a toxic waste dump..

    Definitely do not break a CFL. Treat is like dangerous hazardous waste if you, when cleaning it up…

    No worries like this with LED lights.

  10. lens42 May 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    This performance is not \”behind the eight ball\” because it\’s not just a raw LED. There is also circuitry to make the bulb dimmable on standard dimmers and convert power from the AC line. That uses some power too so you can\’t compare lumens/Watt to someone else\’s naked white LEDs. Also I would trust Philips\’ ratings more than others.

  11. cchorney May 17, 2010 at 11:51 am

    12 watts for a 60 watt bulb puts it equivalent with CFLs, hopefully the light output is equally matched. Given that LEDs don’t require a “decreased light output warm up period” nor hazardous material handling upon breakage or disposal, this puts them well ahead of CFLs. And they should last much longer than a CFL, and give me fewer eyestrain headaches as well!

  12. mysoultokeep May 13, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I can’t believe how excited this news makes me!

  13. southlight May 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    how is that any more efficient than CFLs?

  14. gkachuk May 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Philips still seems to be behind the 8 ball. 12W for a 60W incandescent replacement is about double where the industry is at today.
    I would have expected a lot better from Philips, a company that\’s been a leader in the world of lighting.

  15. pfeng May 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Really? The “world’s first replacement”?

    I’ve had dimmable LED bulbs in my dining room for month, and they’re 6-watt equivalents of the standard 60-watt incandescent bulb. In fact, I learned about them from Inhabitat:

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