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.

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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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