Philips EnduraLED Bulbs
*UPDATED 11/2013: New, brighter LEDs are now available! Click here for more info!* LED light bulbs have a lot going for them; they have approximately the same energy-efficiency of CFLs. They are roughly 75% more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. LEDs have several important advantages over CFLs: they are dimmable, produce light closer to that of incandescent's, last several times longer than CFLs, and contain no mercury whatsoever.
Tomorrow's Lighting Today from Philips
While LED lighting for the home is still a very new, niche market, several companies are making serious inroads to the consumer light market. One of those companies is Philips, a worldwide leader in lighting.
The Philips EnduraLED Line
The Philips EnduraLED line of lights was created as a realistic alternative to incandescent's. Their advanced white LED technology is paving the way to a more energy-efficient and money-saving green home. And they're available in stores today.
Philips EnduraLED for the Mainstream
Due to their relative newness and high up-front costs, LED lights are still considered a niche market compared to CFLs, which have been around much longer. The Philips EnduraLED line aims to change that by offering a variety of long-life, energy-saving bulbs to fit conventional lighting fixtures.
The EnduraLED line of lights provide all the benefits of LEDs to your current lighting systems or new green home installations. By providing up to 25,000 hours of consistent, stable light (that's long to last several decades!) at a fraction of incandescent's energy level, EnduraLED's drastically reduce maintenance, replacement, and energy costs. Less energy is used to create the light, and fewer burned-out bulbs go to the landfill.
While the cost of all LED products is relatively high in today's market, it's important to put it in perspective. All new technologies have higher costs initially. CFL bulbs that cost $1 often sold for up to $50 just a couple decades ago. The same will hold true for LEDs. As the technology improves and catches on with the public, costs will fall (and already are). Also, due to the energy efficiency and long life-span of the EnduraLED lights, all of these higher up-front costs will be recouped in energy savings and lower replacement costs, paying for themselves over time.
Types of Philips EnduraLED Lights
EnduraLED lights are available for a large variety of applications, including can lights, indoor floods, tube lights, and decorative candle-type bulbs. To replace a traditional incandescent light bulb, Philips has introduced the EnduraLED A19. This innovative bulb replaces a 60 watt incandescent with a 12.5 watt, dimmable LED. It offers a diffuse light source, giving off a warm, satisfying light. The A19's unique yellowish appearance when turned off gives way to a bright white light when turned on. Philips has plans to introduce EnduraLED bulbs to eventually replace 75 and 100 watt incandescent bulbs in the near future.
Philips is at the forefront of LED lighting design and technology, as evidenced by the EnduraLED line of commercially-available bulbs. They are continuing the evolution of the LED with the new Philips L Prize bulb, the winner of the government's L Prize competition. The L Prize contest was designed to reward innovation and creativity in energy-efficient lighting, and Philips is a leader in both. The L Prize improves on the LED designs initiated in the EnduraLED line, and will be available starting in 2012.
LED lighting for the home will continue to improve and evolve very rapidly in the coming years. Stay tuned to Green Home Source for the latest in exciting new LED developments! To visit the official Philips LED website, click HERE.
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