Green Gadget of the Week: Philips LED replacement for 75-watt bulbs

Green Gadget of the Week: Philips LED replacement for 75-watt bulbs

Summary: Even though light-bulb efficiency regulations might be nullified, that hasn't stopped innovators such as Philips from offering LED alternatives.

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(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?)

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  • RE: Green Gadget of the Week: Philips LED replacement for 75-watt bulbs

    Not so efficient then? Same as the old compact fluorescents.
    4Watt LEDS equal the old 50Watt lamps (or 11watt CFL's) in my bathroom.
    uberpcgeek
  • 25 times longer when constantly on or when frequently swithed?

    Because it matters and the LED bulb makers have been caught trying to BS us with this stat before. If it's the same lifespan as an incadesent when switched on/off in a normal use pattern then 35x the price is crap and the manufacturing difference eats up the energy savings. Tired of LED industry BS so let's have honest stats...
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: Green Gadget of the Week: Philips LED replacement for 75-watt bulbs

      @Johnny Vegas -- While the lifespan of CFLs can be shortened dramatically where they are switched on & off frequently, LED lamps suffer no such penalty, and can offer many times the lifespan of either conventional tungsten or CFL bulbs. In addition, most LED lamps can operated on circuits with dimmers, while most CFLs cannot. Yes, they are very expensive, but can pay for themselves over a lifespan of many years.
      dcwest
  • RE: Green Gadget of the Week: Philips LED replacement for 75-watt bulbs

    The fact that this can be used with a dimmer is really appealing. LED has quite a ways to go to really become an economical alternative but it will eventually get there. This seems to be almost a proof of concept product. Give it a few years and then we'll see where the price point is.
    boomchuck1
  • RE: Green Gadget of the Week: Philips LED replacement for 75-watt bulbs

    The thing I can't STAND about CFL curly-cues is the warm-up time they require from being switched on, to actually producing their specified light output. LEDs should virtually eliminate this.
    Playdrv4me
  • RE: Green Gadget of the Week: Philips LED replacement for 75-watt bulbs

    http://ledstuff.co.nz/

    Theres huge range out there. Has been for a while.
    The LEDs are quite directional (increases efficiency "in zone"). Rather pricey, but in many situations have advantages of CFL or incand. Better light than cfl, lower current than both for off-grid, safer than both. and my favourite, shows manufacturers theres a future in OLED technology or equiv
    mist42nz
  • Roofers In Fife

    Good job, Philips! If an LED bulb breaks, you brush off it up and take it to the recycling center. I guess some of us care more for our kids than others and look for to decrease every risk that we can. http://www.roofersinfife.co.uk
    Roofersinfife