Philips Unveils 60W Replacement LED

Today, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG) announced the industry’s first replacement for a 60-watt incandescent light bulb.  The EnduraLED light screws in just like an incandescent and only uses 12 watts of power while providing 806 lumens.

Philips tinkered with the design to provide multi-directional lighting and the phosphors to create just the right color of lighting.

Although the retail price hasn’t been determined or announced, Greentech Media is reporting that Ed Crawford, CEO of Philips Lighting North America, said at LightFair the A19 bulb will sell for something near $60.

An LED like this has the potential to change residential lighting (and maintenance) significantly.  U.S. consumers purchase 425 million 60-watt incandescent light bulbs every year, which is about 50% of the incandescent light bulb market, according to a press release issued by Philips.

The EnduraLED could last up to 25 times longer than regular incandescent lights.  Incandescent light bulbs typically have a rated life of about 1,000 hours, while this EnduraLED has a rated life of 25,000 hours.  Philips says the EnduraLED will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010.

[+] Learn more about the EnduraLED from Philips.

Media credits: Philips.

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  • Anonymous

    If they hope to sell these bulbs, they really need to get that price way down. The average home has about 20 bulbs. No one is going to drop $1,200 on light bulbs alone. Personally, I wouldn’t pay 60 dollars for 1. I may consider Home Depot’s recently released Ecosmart bulbs that only cost $20 but I’m not happy about that price either. I am sure the price will come down in time but until then, I will stick with my CFLs.

    • Bubba


      I am with you. LED’s have potential, but the price tag has to come down for them to become ubiquitos. CFLs will have to do in the interim.

    • Preston

      At $20, would it be worth it to have a light bulb with no mercury in it?

      It’s these bulbs, but they’re 40-watt retrofits (I hear the 60-watt retrofit from LSG/Home Depot will be in the low $30s):

      • Anonymous

        Maybe at $20 dollars, probably at less. The mercury issue is not as big of a concern as some people make it out to be. Its more hyperbole than concerning. The bottom line is that light bulbs should not be expensive and that LEDs in general ought to be cheaper to produce than conventional bulbs anyway.

    • Loretta D. Rice

      You can actually get the new Philips A19 12.5 watt usage and as bright as a 60 watt bulb. It’s only $20.00 after a $10.00 rebate for a limited time. Another important feature is the smoothe dimmable effect. Take advantage if you’re hoping to convert your home to LED’s and want to find low price, high quality LED’s.

  • Trevon Hodge

    I havent seen them in any local shops, will have to look out

    • 39 indians

      I have mostly CFL.  Did you know a plain bulb is 100% efficient in heat but hurts one when using air.  So we may gain in lighting efficiency but will pay more to heat in winter.  I just hope Phillips Led’s are better than their CFL’s.  I won’t buy them.  Note the rate of hours always says up to.  Wonder if that isn’t figured on all the time.  If they are that good they need to follow Kia and Hyundai and guarantee them 10 years.  You might try kunkunh2009 on Ebay. 

  • Anonymous

    These are some goofy looking bulbs, but when you flip the switch……WOW! They look great and as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the dimming feature is flawless. I’m not disappointed at all. I got mine for less than $30 each.

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