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Published on February 22nd, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Philips LED 75-Watt Equivalent & 100-Watt Equivalent Bulbs Now $10 & $15

February 22nd, 2014 by  

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Philips’ new 15-watt & 19-watt LED bulbs (75-watt and 100-watt incandescent equivalents) have now received ENERGY STAR certification and can be bought for as low as $10 and $15, respectively, after utility rebates.

The LED bulbs can be found in The Home Depot for $19.97 (the 15-watt / 75-watt equivalent) and $24,97 (the 19-watt / 100-watt equivalent).

White Prince 15W Box“With over 90 ES-qualified LEDs, including the Philips 10-watt A19 (60-watt equivalent), the first LED bulb to achieve a price point below $5 after utility rebates, Philips offers the most affordable quality LED bulbs on the market,” Philips notes in a news release published this week.

“The Philips 15-watt A19 and 19-watt A21 are second generation bulbs that offer the same quality white cap as the rest of the Philips retrofit bulb lines, while also gaining two watts in efficiency over their first generation predecessors, which were introduced two years ago. In addition to offering familiar, soft white light, these Philips bulbs fit into existing fixtures and work with standard dimmers, giving consumers a simple, long-lasting solution for the home.”

The savings available for switching to LEDs are insane, both in terms of pollution and money. “Philips estimates that about 90 million 75-watt incandescent light bulbs are sold annually, while the 100-watt incandescent accounts for nearly 25 percent of the 4.4 billion sockets found in the U.S. Switching to these LED replacements has the potential to reduce energy use by over 86 million megawatts of electricity per year with potential cost savings of more than $8.5 billion. According to Philips estimates, it could also eliminate 63 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually, or the equivalent of removing nearly 13 million cars from the road.”

As you may well be aware, LEDs have a projected product lifetime that is about 25 times longer than incandescents. A single bulb can save an American hundreds of dollars. Of course, the utility rebates also help:

“Over the last few years, we have worked closely with national utilities to develop one of the most robust rebate programs in the industry, helping to demonstrate to consumers that they are getting a quality product, while working to make the LED bulbs that will be in your home for decades increasingly affordable,” said Bruno Biasiotta, president and CEO of Philips Lighting Americas.

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  • Banned by Bob

    Have been very pleased with these. Cree could learn something from Phillips with regards to packaging.

  • Neil

    Does anyone know if there are some decent in the ceiling – can light type – affordable dimmable LEDs? Should I look for something special? I’d like to look through my utility, but don’t want to get something that I don’t like.. I had bought some CFLs but hated them..they made this ringing noise and the light was really harsh. I just try to keep them off now as much as I can..and do plenty of other energy saving things – which annoy my wife 🙂

  • 2MoreBoatDrinks

    The price of Cree 9.5w (60w equivalent) just dropped to below $10 at Home Depot as well. That’s before any rebates.

  • Doug Cutler

    Spent $150 on a bunch of these new LEDs, shaved 300 watts off our energy draw. That’s 50c/ watt. Definitely certified insane.

    • Omega Centauri

      I suspcet comparing these against incandescents is too optimistic. I’d bet most of the LEDs bought for consumer use are replacing CFLs. The sort of folks who wouldn’t buy CFLs, probably don’t buy LEDs either.
      The savings over CFL are modest.

      Every imporovement in LEDs is welcome. But I suspect we won’t replace a great many of the incandescents until they burn out, and incandescent stocks are used up. Of course theheadline price points are contingent on utility rebates, in most places the prices will be higher -and I think $20-$25 will cause most people to balk at the. Better than $35-$45, but still in sticker shock territory.

      • Doug Cutler

        What you say is true when comparing energy savings of CFLs and LEDS where the power advantage is fairly marginal; HOWEVER, the quality of light is far superior to CFL – especially for the LED type sold as “soft white” which has a nice warm yellow glow that compares well with incandescent. I think these may yet win some new converts.

        (Just to elaborate: some specialists theorize that humans crave red spectrum light (red, orange, yellow) in the evenings because its reminiscent of our primordial humanoid experience with the colors of sunsets and open fires. We find such light soothing before sleep.)

        You are also right that many incandescents won’t get replaced until they burn out so the whole change over will take time. But many governments around the world are phasing out incandescents through regulation and that’s certainly true here in Canada and I believe the US. There have been some complaints about this from old school hold outs but I think once they get used to the new LEDs they’ll revert to quiet mumbling and buy them any. Up front price will pay for itself in a short time for high use lights. Over time the efficiency savings will be worth many retired coal power plants.

  • Omega Centauri

    “86 million megawatts of electricity per year”
    There is no such unit. Its probably megawatt hours per year. But without proper units its just gibberish. Take a basic physics course.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Zach knows the difference. It’s a proofreading error. Please treat it as such.

    • Sorry, I noticed that too, but forgot to go and add a note after that quote.

      • Omega Centauri

        I shouldn’t have snapped off like that. You obviously copied it from a PR release, and they are always full of inaccuracies.

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