If everyone in the U.S. transitioned to energy efficient lighting in their homes, according to Phillips, consumers would avoid 87.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and generate energy savings of $15.8 billion – a fact the company would like you to remember as you’re watching the LED light-laden ball drop in Times Square.
New Year’s 2012 will mark the 12th consecutive year that Philips Lighting has served as the official lighting partner to the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. And while efficient light bulls have become a political issue in Washington, D.C., for Philips they’re a selling point. The company is highlighting the fact that the same technology used in the Times Square ball can also be found in the Philips AmbientLED line of LED light bulbs. These bulbs include the Philips 12.5-watt AmbientLED A19, the world’s first commercially available LED to replace the 60-watt incandescent bulb and the only to be Energy Star qualified.
Like the 32,256 Philips Luxeon LEDs that light the glittering Times Square ball, Phillips AmbientLEDs bulbs consume up to 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. (Though you may not want to keep yours lit up all year round, the way the LEDs on the ball at Times Square are.)
Though pricier ($40-$50 a pop) LED bulbs have been slow to take off in 2011, Phillips cites the fact that it has recently dropped the prices on this line of light bulbs and fact that instant rebates available from utility companies in many parts of the country as compelling reasons to make the switch in 2012.