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Published on June 4th, 2014 | by Nicholas Brown


Philips Releases 650-Lumen SlimStyle LED Floodlight For Only $13

June 4th, 2014 by  

Philips has just released its SlimStyle BR30 indoor LED floodlight for a low $12.97. The SlimStyle BR30 was built using Luxeon mid-power LEDs, which were constructed at the Philips Lumiled facility in San Jose, California.

Philips BR30 LED Floodlight

The 9.5-watt, 60-watt equivalent, Philips BR30 flood light. Image Credit: Philips.

Efficiency And Performance Of The SlimStyle BR30 LED Lamp

This LED floodlight consumes 9.5 watts, and provides 650 lumens of light (equivalent to the brightness of a 60-watt incandescent light bulb or a 15-watt CFL). This translates to an efficiency of 68 lumens per watt, which is slightly better than compact fluorescent lamps’ (CFL) efficiency of 45 to 60 lumens per watt, and trounces incandescent light bulbs’ 12 to 18 lumens per watt.

I’m sure that LED shoppers want to know how the efficiency of this compares to that of the other LEDs on the market, and how much LEDs like these can save them. The average new LED lamp’s efficiency ranges from 45 to 100 lumens per watt, although most are well under 100 (and similar to the Philips SlimStyle BR30). So the SlimStyle is a decent competitor.

According to Philips: “the SlimStyle BR30 bulb leverages its uniquely flat surface to conduct heat away from the LEDs” in order to reduce the bulb’s cost and weight by eliminating the need for an aluminium heat sink.

According to the Philips press release:

Like the original 60-watt equivalent SlimStyle bulb, the BR30 is designed to meet or exceed ENERGY STAR specifications and has already been submitted for ENERGY STAR testing. By reducing energy consumption by 85 percent, the SlimStyle BR30 offers an estimated $152 in cost savings over the life of the bulb and also offers dimming, making it an ideal replacement to the traditional 65-watt incandescent floodlight. Since the SlimStyle BR30 lasts 25 times longer than the average incandescent floodlight and is well suited for hard-to-reach ceiling fixtures often found in kitchens and living rooms, consumers can now spend less time on ladders and more time enjoying their well-lit homes.

Want one? It will be available online this July, and it will be sold in retail stores starting this August.

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  • Others

    I am gonna replace 6 incandescent bulbs of 60 watts each with just 1 of this LED bulb. And save a lot of

    • Bob_Wallace

      You’ll need 6 LEDs to replace 6 incandescents. You’ll still save a lot of money, just not as much as you thought.

      6 * 60 watts = 360 watts * 4 hours per day * 365 days * $0.12/kWh = $63 per year for electricity. Plus bulb replacement.

      6 * 9.5 watts = 57 watts * 4 hours per day * 365 days * $0.12/kWh =$9.99 per year for electricity. The LEDs will last for many years. They will pay for themselves in just over one year and then give you sweet savings.

  • anderlan

    THIS is what I’m talking about. LED’s directed light, as opposed to tungsten’s wasteful 360-degree blast, is a FEATURE that should be exploited. Our fixtures and design is broken by design to conform with point lights spewing 360 degrees rather than directional lighting. Look at every recessed lighting fixture in the world, incandescent bulb or flourescent tube: half the light has to be captured and an attempt made to reflect it back out the direction that the user wants/needs it to go. Designers need to realize the current systems are broken intentionally to deal with traditional bulbs’ limitations, and that many of LEDs’ “problems” are what we actually want from a light source. We now have the chance to make things even better, well beyond just saving some bucks on kwh.

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