The world's first LED replacement for a 60-watt incandescent bulb is now also the first to earn ENERGY STAR qualification. Philips Lighting announced today that the Philips AmbientLED 12.5 watt (also sold professionally under the Philips EnduraLED brand) has met or exceeded the quality and energy efficiency requirements for a 60-watt LED equivalent set forth by ENERGY STAR, proving that it is a highly-efficient, cost-effective lighting option for consumers. The bulb lasts 25 times longer and uses 80 percent less energy than the 60-watt incandescent bulb it was designed to replace.
"Philips' new LED light bulb is an exciting new addition to the suite of high quality energy efficient lighting products carrying the ENERGY STAR label, said Alex Baker, Lighting Program Manager for ENERGY STAR. The innovation embodied in this new product demonstrates Philips' commitment to helping American consumers and businesses save energy and save money while protecting the environment."
Products that earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting the quality and energy efficiency requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency are often eligible for utility rebate programs which lower the cost of the product, making it easier for consumers to begin saving energy at home. To earn an ENERGY STAR label, a 60-watt LED equivalent must have a minimum light output of 800 lumens, a color temperature of 2700K (for soft white light), color rendering index (CRI) of 80 and a minimum three year warranty, among other requirements. The Philips AmbientLED meets or exceeds these requirements with 806 lumens, 2700K, a CRI of 80 and a six year warranty.
Part of an innovative, commercially available LED product family, the Philips AmbientLED line includes 25, 40 and 60-watt LED A-shape equivalents that are high-efficiency, soft white light alternatives to incandescent lighting. These bulbs deliver superb color consistency and have a rated average life ₁,₂ of 17 years. LUXEON LEDs, combined with their unique shapes and remote phosphor technology, allow the bulbs to mimic an incandescent and cast light in all directions, with the same familiar soft-white glow. Available at The Home Depot, the Philips AmbientLED line is one of the broadest portfolios of LED retrofits on the market, which also includes decorative candle lights, PAR 38s, PAR 30s and MR 16s.
Philips is also the first and only - company that has submitted an A19 replacement bulb for the U.S. Department of Energys L Prize contest, which calls for an LED equivalent to the 60-watt bulb that can produce 900 lumens using less than ten watts of electricity. The L Prize is the government-sponsored competition to encourage innovation in the lighting industry. Since the L Prize submission in the fall of 2009, the Philips bulb has been undergoing field, lab and lifetime testing with the DOE.
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