Philips EnduraLED 12 Watt LED Replacement for 60 Watt Incandescent Available December
Philips EnduraLED 60 watt equivalent LED is dimmable, provides soft white light and lasts 25 times longer than traditional incandescents
The 12 Watt EnduraLED bulb, released by Royal Philips Electronics this Wednesday, is designed to replace a common household 60 watt incandescent light bulb. This ultra-efficient LED bulb, unveiled in Las Vegas at the Lightfair International, only uses 12 watts to operate. Due to be available to consumers by December, the Philips EnduraLED is dimmable and lasts 25 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb. Philips claims the 12 Watt EnduraLED bulb will provide a soft white light, but has not yet disclosed the actual Kelvin temperature, which determines the actual color -- or warmth -- the light produces.
As a result of the mandate from Congress to phase out incandescent bulbs by 2012, lighting companies are scrambling to claim their share of the market. Last week Home Depot took the lead by introducing a replacement for 40 watt LED bulbs for only $20 and they are already on back order. According to Philips, if the 425 million 60 watt light bulbs used in the U.S. each year are replaced by LED bulbs, the savings would amount to 32.6 terawatt-hours of power, enough to provide lights for 14 percent of the households in the nation.
The anticipated price of the Philips EnduraLED has not yet been announced.