Philips Unveils Edison Light Bulb Killer

Some folks are up in arms over Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, which requires about 25% more efficient light bulbs starting in January 2012.  The bi-partisan law phases out the standard Edison bulb in favor of better options like this upgraded light bulb.  The Philips EcoVantage light offers an incremental improvement over the norm with 28% energy savings, a low price, and incandescent-style light.

Specifically, the 29-watt EcoVantage light bulb replaces the standard 40-watt incandescent, the 43-watt bulb replaces the 60-watt incandescent, and the 72-watt bulb replaces the 100-watt incandescent.

EcoVantage lights are dimmable, mercury-free, and cheap — about $2.99 per pack — according to an email from a representative from Philips.

The EcoVantage bulb is available exclusively at Home Depot.  And, to be clear, it’s an incandescent that uses halogen technology, so it has about the same lifespan of 1,000 hours.  Alternatively, if you want a light bulb with a significantly longer life, low energy use, and incandescent-like color, perhaps the Philips AmbientLED would work.

Credits: Philips Lighting.

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  • Christopher Haase

    Good to hear there is some high lumens CFL replacements before LED reach market pricing and have national lumen standards.

    Especially after reading all the recent problems with CFL’s

    There are a lot of good traditional florescent and CFL replacements, yet when anything is mass produced, consumer safety and reliability is reduced to cut costs.
    It is why industry standards are a must and what will ultimately be the demise of CFL’s is not that they were less efficient than LED’s… it is there cradle to cradle costs to the environment and consumers.

    If a sustainable alternative can not survive long term market presence without subsides… it is not a sustainable alternative.`

    Thanks (as always) for highlighting so many options on your blog and Happy Easter!

  • megawatts

    Way to go Philips!!! Guess GE missed the boat on these, they coulda shoulda retrofitted the existing bulb plants here in USA to make this too. They chose to offer ‘something else’ and to ship those jobs south and further EAST! And shut down the plants, leaving THOUSANDS more AMERICANS outta a job….. Good Job Philips, now I need to ask, are these made in USA?

  • ds

    these have great burning rate – im not talking about philips bulbs – noname ones. i’ve bought 5 – tree of them are already replaced. usual halogen or g9 burn less !!!
    and how gives the @#$% were are these produced if they are sooooo damn cheap 😉

  • Anonymous

    Paying more and getting less light (lumens). Brilliant.

    1) Compared to a 60W Natural Light A19 incandescent bulb
    with 680 lumens, the 43W EcoVantage bulb with 630 lumens provides
    similar light and at least 28% energy savings.

    2) Compared to a 75W Natural Light A19 incandescent bulb with
    950 lumens, the 29W EcoVantage bulb with 830 lumens provides similar
    light and at least 28% energy savings.

    3) Compared to a 100W Natural Light A19 incandescent bulb with
    1350 lumens, the 72W EcoVantage bulb with 1200 lumens provides similar
    light and at least 28% energy savings.

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