Philips: “Stock Up Now!” On Edison Bulbs

Watch this video.  It’s a mash-up of Fox News bashing the light bulb provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”).  Most of the commentators seem to have an aversion to CFLs for one reason or another (i.e., bulb appearance, bulb cost, light quality, light color, mercury, cleanup), but I’m not hearing these same people talk much about the new EISA-compliant incandescent bulbs that are currently available.

For example, Philips makes an EcoVantage bulb that looks just like a regular incandescent.  It’s an incandescent with halogen technology.  A prior version of the EcoVantage bulb is offered on Amazon and other places, but the more-efficient, EISA-compliant ones are sold excluslvely in Home Depot stores for ~$1.50 per bulb.

According to EISA, the 100-watt bulb must use 72 watts or less (by Jan. 1, 2012), the 75-watt bulb must use 53 watts or less (By Jan. 1, 2013), the 60-watt bulb must use 43 watts or less (by Jan. 1, 2014), and the 40-watt bulb must use 29 watts or less (by Jan. 1, 2014).  The 100-watt bulb is up first.

I went to Home Depot to purchase some 72-watt EcoVantage bulbs to discuss them in more detail on this site.  This is the replacement for the 100-watt Edison.  Unfortunately, these EcoVantage bulbs aren’t placed near the other incandescents, they’re placed near the CFLs and LEDs.  I had to search for a minute to find them, and the boxes were covered with dust (see above).

Then, I notice a big statement on the Philips packaging for regular incandescent bulbs.  It says: “Stock Up Now!”  This statement accompanies several other sizes of Philips bulbs.  GE and others don’t seem to have similar advertising, but Philips, maker of an excellent LED replacement bulb and the EcoVantage line, feels the need to fuel anti-EISA sentiment with this marketing.  Start hoarding today …

In the end, I guess Philips gets the bright greens with Ambient LEDs, the democrats with EcoVantage incandescent bulbs, and the tea party with piles and piles of regular incandescent bulbs.  Stock up now!  You’re running out of time!

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  • John Barksdale

    I prefer the term “stockpiling” to hoarding. The profit margin on regular incandescent bulbs is small and banning them via efficiency standards limits consumer choice and makes bulbs more expensive. If the LED and CFL lights are so competitive, let the consumer decide. 

  • Peter

    I manage the consumer marketing department at Philips Lighting in the U.S. and have to tell you that I enjoyed reading your post and got a chuckle out of the last paragraph – great sense of humor!  That ‘stock up now’ message isn’t intentionally catoring to those in the media advocating hoarding. It’s actually a message we used for a specific promotion prior to all of this political debate.  We’ll take the steps to remove the message from the products you saw in the store because we don’t endorse stockpiling when there are so many great alternatives to energy-wasting light bulbs.  And as you accurately pointed out, incandescent technology isn’t being banned.  It is being forced to become more efficient.  The EcoVantage line IS incandescent, it meets the new standards, and it looks and performs just like traditional bulbs.

    • Preston

      Peter, thanks for taking the time to comment.  I have four of the Philips AmbientLED and several of the EcoVantage incandescents in my house right now and have been extremely satisfied with these products.  I switched CFLs with EcoVantage to test and my 2-year old noticed a difference in the light: “Wow, that light, Daddy!” he said.  I think people will like these fine, if they don’t want to try modern CFLs or LEDs. 

  • Anders Hoveland

    Those “EISA-compliant incandescent bulbs”, which contain a halogen capsule inside, will still be banned in 2020, as they will not be able to meet the new “efficiency mandate” what will phase into effect. It is rather doubtful that any practical type of incandescent will be able to meet the mandate at that time. Many greenies have been rather dishonest about this fact.

    Furthermore, the current law caps the wattage of energy savers at 72 watts. Those halogen replacement bulbs claim to be “100 watt equivalents”, but actually they put out 10% LESS light. Another dishonest marketing ploy.

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