Philips Endura LED Bulb (60 Watt Equivalent) Takes the Lead in the Race to Replace Incandenscents
Philips Endura LED uses 12 watts to achieve a 60 watt equivalent amount of lighting and lasts 25,000 hours
The battle to provide the best indoor energy saving light bulb is heating up, and Philips has just jumped in the lead by announcing that later this year they will roll out their new Endura LED bulb that only requires 12 watts to emit 806 lumens -- which is roughly equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent bulb. General Electric's 40 watt LED bulb has lost a lot of ground as a result, especially since it is not expected to hit the market until 2011.
As environmental regulations, that ban or limit use of the power-hungry incandescent bulb, take effect in countries during the next few years, solid state lighting is becoming a viable option. Convincing consumers of the long range savings will be a crucial part of marketing the Philips Endura LED bulbs, which currently can range from $40 to $60 a piece. By stressing the long life span of the Philips Endura LED bulb -- about 25,000 hours -- along with its lower power consumption, Philips is hoping to target commercial markets first, especially if it can integrate 'smart grid' control systems in conjunction with companies like Redwood Systems and Adura Technologies.