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.
Congress started the L Prize competition in 2007 with the goal to develop a light bulb that would replace standard energy-hogging incandescent 60-watt bulbs. Philips ended up as the only entrant in the contest. Now that Philips has “won” the prize, some consumer watchdogs raised eyebrows at the price of its new bulb because the cost was originally supposed to be $22. Philips points out, however, that utility rebates had always been part of the pricing structure.
According to Philips, the award winning LED bulb will last 30 times longer than a conventional incandescent bulb. Assembled in the U.S., the bulb burns efficiently at only 10 watts and cleanly because it contains no mercury. The L Prize bulb is 33 percent more efficient than Philips’ AmbientLED bulb, which consumers 12.5W and burns at 800 lumens. If used four hours a day, the bulb would save $8 a year in electricity bills and last a minimum of 30,000 hours: hence the company’s 20 year lifespan claim. Homeowners and renters will also see increased energy-efficiency and lower energy bills, and contrary to popular belief, this LED bulb gives off a soft, pleasing ‘warm’ light, due to Philips patented ‘remote phosphor’ design which softly diffuses the LED light in a warm, amber tone.
Via CBS News, Extreme Tech
Photos Via Philips, Lightingprize.org
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?
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.