Philips EnduraLED 12-watt light bulb outshines competition, costs more

Summary:Philips has unveiled the EnduraLED light bulb, a powerful lighting fixture using only 12 watts of electricity but is the first LED equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent bulb.

Philips has unveiled the EnduraLED light bulb, a powerful lighting fixture using only 12 watts of electricity but is the first LED equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent bulb.

The EnduraLED outshines other LED bulbs with stats like 80% in energy savings and the promise to last at least 25x longer than the old incandescent technology. With 806 lumens, a EnduraLED bulb should last up to 25,000 hours and save $120 per lamp during that time.

Philips' eco-friendly bulb will be ready to turn on at home or in the office by the fourth quarter of this year, but unlike the recently announced Home Depot LED bulb, this one won't be so affordable. According to Engadget, environmental enthusiasts will reportedly have to shell out around $60 per EnduraLED bulb.

Albeit that the Philips version is more energy efficient, that is a lot to invest in a light bulb up front, making the initial popularity of this product is debatable.

Topics: Tech Industry

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