Osram Sylvania's 60 Watt Equivalent LED Bulb Joins the Race to Replace Incandescents
The race to replace is on, and this week Osram Sylvania joined the herd of LED lights designed to replace traditional 60 watt incandescent bulbs. In an effort to squeeze into the market, Sylvania is projecting a cost per bulb in the "low $30 range" which is a bit cheaper than the 60 watt LEDs introduced last week by Philips and Lemnis for "under $40." Sylvania is also aiming to have their product hit the shelves by the third quarter of this year, which will put them in stores a couple of months sooner than their competitors.
Like the other 60 watts bulbs introduced this week, Sylvania's will last 12 times longer than traditional bulbs and only consume 12 watts of power each. Other innovations that Sylvania is introducing are LED bulbs for flat-plate overhead lights used in offices and a line of LED bulbs that contain Bluetooth wireless speakers and are appropriately called MusicLites.
Industry officials predict the cost of LED lighting will decrease exponentially as their ability to generate more light increases, so the next race will be to produce a cheap 75 watt LED bulb.