Home lighting has certainly come a long way since the days of Thomas Alva Edison, and Philips will be part of a watershed moment as they prepare to unveil the world’s first LED replacement for the 75-watt incandescent light bulb at the LIGHTFAIR International trade show. Known as the Philips EnduraLED A21 17-watt light bulb, this will be the maiden LED equivalent to 75-watt incandescent bulbs, and it is touted to be 80% more energy efficient compared to its outdated predecessor. The new bulbs are also marathon runners in their own right, capable of lasting up to 25 times longer compared to standard incandescent bulbs, adding another feather in the cap of LED technology where everyday LED residential use is concerned. Philips can be said to be an old hat in this arena since they are the first company to develop a LED to replace the 60-watt incandescent bulb.
The EnduraLED A21 17-watt will rely on Philips’ high-power, next-generation LUXEON LEDs that meets or exceeds Energy Star qualifications for an LED-based replacement bulb. The 17-watts of electricity will be able to deliver up to 1,100 lumens, and feature a color temperature of 2700k, a color rendering index (CRI) of 80, and a rated life of about 25,000 hours.
To put it in more practical terms, you can save around $160 per bulb, but the entry cost might prove prohibitive to some at first, retailing for around $40 to $45 as it hits stores in Q4 this year.