GE, which recently broke news of a new 9-watt LED bulb that acts as a 40-watt replacement and can last for up to 17 years, has been challenged in the cool new light bulb arena by Philips. The latter announced this week plans for a 12-watt dimmable bulb that will serve as a 60-watt replacement. GE and Philips – Fight!
Philips said its new 60-watt equivalent LED will be part of its Master LEDlamps and will be available by the end of the year. It didn’t provide too many details on this bulb, except to say that it will “deliver an industry benchmark 806 lumens of comfortable, warm white light, complying fully with European performance norms for replacement lamps.” Estimated lifespan of one of these bulbs will be around 25,000 working hours.
“Philips recognizes and understands the fundamental changes taking place in the world today,” said Rudy Provoost, CEO of Philips Lighting and a member of the board of management of Royal Philips Electronics, in a statement. “Lifestyles are changing, urbanization is presenting new challenges for city leaders, and society in general is more environmentally aware. We are applying the functional and creative potential of LED lighting to address these trends, and to simply enhance life with light.”