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Originally published September 16 2010

Philips introduces amazing LED light bulb producing 800 lumens (replaces 60-watt bulb)

by David Gutierrez, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Royal Philips Electronics has introduced a technological breakthrough in the form of a new light bulb that produces as much light as a 60-watt incandescent with the same energy use as a compact fluorescent but with a much longer life and without the use of mercury.

Phillips unveiled the bulb at the Lightfair International tradeshow in Las Vegas, announcing that if all 60-watt incandescent light bulbs in the United States were replaced with the new EnduraLED bulb, energy use would decrease by 32.6 terawatt-hours per year, enough to meet the lighting needs of 16.7 million households. As a consequence, yearly greenhouse gas emissions would decrease by 5.3 million metric tons.

The new bulb is composed of a cluster of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and produces 806 lumens of light using only 12 watts of energy. In contrast to the typical 1,000-hour life of an incandescent bulb or the 8,000-hour life of a compact fluorescent, the EnduraLED has a life of 25,000 hours. According to Phillips, this extended lifespan means that a consumer could save $120 over the lifespan of the bulb simply by using it to replace a single incandescent bulb.

Approximately 425 million 60-watt incandescent bulbs are purchased in the United States each year, accounting for half of all light bulb sales.

Unlike compact fluorescent bulbs, which use a similar amount of energy, the EnduraLED can be operated by motion sensor, is dimmable, and is made without the use of mercury.

Because they are manufactured using mercury, compact fluorescent bulbs give off toxic gas if they break and must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Likewise, the poor energy efficiency of incandescent bulbs is responsible for significant emissions of mercury from coal-fired power plants.

A 40-watt equivalent EnduraLED is already on the market, and Phillips plans to introduce the 60-watt equivalent by the end of 2010.

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