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).
“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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