(This is the latest in a regular weekly series of spotlights on green technology that’s accessible to you and me. If you have a product to suggest for coverage, please send a note via my contact email.)
OK, I may be cheating a bit with this post, but from past experience I know that there is some pretty serious interest in energy-efficient light bulbs -- despite attempts in Washington to support regulations encouraging those developments.
So, even though a light bulb isn't strictly a gadget, I thought you might be interested to hear that the first Philips LED replacement for the 75-watt incandescent bulb became available this week at Home Depot. Actually, the bulbs are exclusively available online at a price of $39.97 per bulb.
Here are the vitals on the Philips AmbientLED 17-watt bulb, from Royal Philips Electronics:
- Bulb produces 1,100 lumens using 17 watts of electricity, making it one of the brightest LED alternatives to an incandescent bulb
- It is designed to use about 80 percent less electricity than traditional bulbs; lifespan is about 25 times longer (which counts when you're looking at the price tag)
- The bulb works with existing fixtures and dimmers (hear that honey?)
Past Green Gadgets of the Week:
- K3 Wind & Solar Charger
- Logitech solar wireless keyboard
- Voltaic Spark solar iPad cover
- Samsung Replenish smartphone (from Sprint)