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Light bulb with 20-year life unveiled

2012-04-22 22:17

Washington - A prize-winning, super energy saving LED bulb from Dutch electronics giant Philips, said to last over 20 years, went on sale online and in stores Sunday to coincide with Earth Day.

The bulb that won the 2011 US Department of Energy's "Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize", was available from retailers for $50, and the company said it was planning discounts to bring the cost down to as little as $25 - $30.

The 10W light bulb was deemed an efficient alternative to the standard 60W incandescent bulb, and when used three hours a day, boasted an impressive 27.4 years maximum life span, the company said.

For consumers attentive to cost, Philips said the price tag was easily offset by energy savings of $165 over its lifetime.

"Because the new bulb is 83% more energy efficient than the standard 60W incandescent, consumers can now experience new savings for their pocketbooks," Philips' North America executive Ed Crawford said in announcing rebates.

International Earth Day, now in its 42nd year, was celebrated by environmentalists on Sunday seeking to bring attention to climate change and pollution, and highlight ways to save energy.

US President Barack Obama issued a proclamation for the day to "reflect on the challenges that remain", and confront the "most urgent environmental issues and rallied around a single message: The success of future generations depends upon how we act today".

Comments
  • mknnko003 - 2012-04-22 22:52

    The light bulb industry is going to make a huge loss...hmm

      Martin - 2012-04-22 23:06

      Save the planet or a few jobs... Take your pick.

      Martin - 2012-04-22 23:06

      Save the planet or a few jobs... Take your pick.

      Vicky - 2012-04-23 00:41

      And that is why this thing is so very expensive,no normal person can afford to buy it. In my home I will have to change 8 light bulbs, maybe in 27.4 years I will be able to afford it.

      Vicky - 2012-04-23 00:41

      And that is why this thing is so very expensive,no normal person can afford to buy it. In my home I will have to change 8 light bulbs, maybe in 27.4 years I will be able to afford it.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-23 07:15

      Vicky, it's those bulbs you leave on all night that will be worth replacing. I think the security situation in our country has created massive energy consumption, as millions of us have to leave lights on all night to make life difficult for the criminals that haunt all of us after dark. I'd love a comparison of night time energy use today compared to 20 years ago - must have increased 100 fold!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-23 07:15

      Vicky, it's those bulbs you leave on all night that will be worth replacing. I think the security situation in our country has created massive energy consumption, as millions of us have to leave lights on all night to make life difficult for the criminals that haunt all of us after dark. I'd love a comparison of night time energy use today compared to 20 years ago - must have increased 100 fold!

      Richard - 2012-04-23 07:48

      Will last up to 27.4 years if it lasts a day then they are right. Not longer than 27.4 years

      Richard - 2012-04-23 07:48

      Will last up to 27.4 years if it lasts a day then they are right. Not longer than 27.4 years

      ludlowdj - 2012-04-23 09:52

      Not really they will simply charge enough for a bulb to cover any loses, big business is founded on a profit over all else mentality, they would have already figured lose potential into their equation. On the up side as little as 20 years ago someone inventing something like this would have had a mysterious heart attack long before it was finished.

      ludlowdj - 2012-04-23 09:52

      Not really they will simply charge enough for a bulb to cover any loses, big business is founded on a profit over all else mentality, they would have already figured lose potential into their equation. On the up side as little as 20 years ago someone inventing something like this would have had a mysterious heart attack long before it was finished.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-23 10:20

      Meme - I have VoiceAlert, a very good product. I also have a full time security guard - I have a B&B on my farm. I also need to leave lights on all down the road and around the buildings to make my guests feel more secure. It's a helluva thing trying to keep up with these criminals, and an obscene expense - imagine what the money could have gone towards if security was not such a massive issue, it could have been taxable profit - and the funds used for schools and other social benefits for the country. (Or even fancier cars for MP's)

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-23 10:20

      Meme - I have VoiceAlert, a very good product. I also have a full time security guard - I have a B&B on my farm. I also need to leave lights on all down the road and around the buildings to make my guests feel more secure. It's a helluva thing trying to keep up with these criminals, and an obscene expense - imagine what the money could have gone towards if security was not such a massive issue, it could have been taxable profit - and the funds used for schools and other social benefits for the country. (Or even fancier cars for MP's)

  • Eugene - 2012-04-22 22:54

    People will forget how to change light bulbs!

  • Remi - 2012-04-23 00:05

    I'm more worried about whether we will still have electricity in this country in 10 years for the R400 lightbulb.

      valcooperRSA - 2012-04-23 00:18

      Someone who thinks the same way I do......bugger R400-00...I will stick to cheapies.....whats to save on electricity these days....

      valcooperRSA - 2012-04-23 00:18

      Someone who thinks the same way I do......bugger R400-00...I will stick to cheapies.....whats to save on electricity these days....

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-04-23 05:52

    Lit up fo lyf!

  • Zenwie2010 - 2012-04-23 06:03

    Hmmm.... and were the current "energy savers" also not supposed to last 6000 hours? I think I have bought very few of them which lasted more than a 1000 hours, because I am constantly replacing!

  • Tim - 2012-04-23 06:08

    SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHTS ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!! SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHTS ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!! SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHTS ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!! SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHTS ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!! SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHTS ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!! SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHTS ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!!

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-23 06:32

    Eskom is replacing energy savers with LED's at their cost at lodges around the country. But only for those that are still using incandescants, in other words they are punishing those who changed to CFC's (at Eskom's request!). Where is the logic in that? I'm looking forward to my LED's, but they are already a month overdue - wonder if the project is still on?

  • Deon - 2012-04-23 07:51

    well lets see....in a perfect world Yes, it probably can be achieved, But in RSA with our partners in electrical distribution and supply, the quality we get will blow your R400.00 out of the water a lot sooner. These components are electronically driven and any excesive electrical spike or trough that we wxperience in rsa will have huge consequences on the lamp. Also, it is a learning curve to get used to the reduced lightoutput these lamps provide - far less and not as effective. The unit cost is more favourable to use lesser costly lamps - of the same family - and replace then 3-4 times in the equivalent lifespan Do an owning and operating cost exercise as see what the payback period is....? Until the unit xost is greatly reduce through supply and demand, then we can have some benefit!

  • nigelmasimbarodgers - 2012-04-23 08:49

    Eish it's not feasible I guess, but imagine growing up n goin 2 college on the same light bulb! @simbacozw on twitter

  • Zing - 2012-04-23 11:51

    R50 says this light-bulb lasts only 3 months if it's plugged into the Eskom network. Any takers?

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