Philips Unveils Energy-Efficient Incandescent Light Bulb

Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:42am EDT

by Bart King

On Earth Day, Philips Lighting is launching a new line of incandescent light bulbs that the company says will meet federal energy efficiency standards coming into force in the US over the next few years.

While not as efficient as compact fluorescent or LED bulbs, the EcoVantage is likely to appeal to consumers who are unhappy with the quality of light delivered by the more energy efficient models.

The new bulbs, which use halogen elements, provide energy savings of about 28 percent compared to conventional incandescents. It meets or exceeds efficiency standards established in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. Wattage options are as follows:

29-watt replaces a 40-watt incandescent

43-watt replaces a 60-watt incandescent

72-watt replaces a 100-watt incandescent

By comparison, Philips also offers the AmbientLED line, which includes a 12.5 watt, ENERGY STAR qualified LED alternative to the 60 watt incandescent bulb. Those bulbs are said to reduce energy use by up to 80 percent.

According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), lighting alone accounts for 22 percent of electricity use in the US, and there are over 4.4 billion medium screw-based light sockets.

The new EcoVantage bulbs will be available exclusively at Home Depot.

"EcoVantage can offer the same light quality and features as a traditional light bulb, because it is an incandescent," said Ed Crawford, General Manager of Lamps for Philips Lighting North America. "Using halogen technology, EcoVantage can offer added energy-efficiency and cost savings, without sacrificing any aesthetic features."

Reprinted with permission from Sustainable Life Media