We originally wrote about Philip’s new LED replacementfor the common incandescent light bulb back in May, but we’re happy to report that this illuminating low-energy alternative bulb is now finally lining the shelves at a store near you! Designed to replace the over 425 million 60 watt incandescent bulbs sold annually that fill the lighting fixtures in our rooms, hallways, offices, and beyond, the A19 AmbientLED delivers the same illumination as a 60 watt white light incandescent, at a mere 12 watts. The new LED bulb also boasts a life of 25,000 hours, and most remarkably, a single bulb can save you hundreds of dollars per year off of your electricity bill. Even more appealing? With a life of 15 years per bulb, you won’t need to be buying new lightbulbs every year.

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Each A19 AmbientLED maintains a light output of 800 lumens, and uses just 20% of the energy consumed by a standard bulb. The bulbs work with all standard table lamps and ceiling fixtures, contain no mercury or lead (unlike compact fluorescent bulbs), and won’t fade colors because it doesn’t produce any UV light. The new bulb also aptly addresses one of the major hesitations that many consumers have with switching to LEDs: ambiance and quality of light. In fact, each LED can be dimmed to personal tastes and will emit the same warm white light we’ve all become accustomed to with our incandescents.

Indoor lighting is not just a necessity — it’s also one of the most energy-hungry element of our daily lives. By simply switching out your incandescents for energy-efficient LEDs, the resulting payout will hold a greater value than the extra money in your pocket from your lowered energy bills. You’ll not only be investing in a product that boasts a useful life of 15 years, but you’ll be playing your part in reducing the environmental and carbon costs related to sourcing materials, product manufacturing, transportation, disposal and of course the burden that incandescent lightbulbs place on the world’s energy grids. If every state in the US were to switch to these LEDs we would save 32.6 terawatt-hours of electricity each year — enough energy to power 17 million homes. Sounds like a no-brainer to us.

+ $39.97 at Home Depot

+ Philips LEDs