Light bulb with 20-year life unveiled

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".

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Nkosinathi Mokoena 2012-04-22 10:52:03 PM
The light bulb industry is going to make a huge loss...hmm
Eugene Du Plessis 2012-04-22 10:54:08 PM
People will forget how to change light bulbs!
Remi Du Preez 2012-04-23 12:05:46 AM
I'm more worried about whether we will still have electricity in this country in 10 years for the R400 lightbulb.
Vickela Mumby 2012-04-23 05:52:50 AM
Lit up fo lyf!
Dawie van der Westhuizen 2012-04-23 06:03:36 AM
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 06:08:05 AM
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!!!
warren 2012-04-23 06:32:39 AM
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 du Toit 2012-04-23 07:51:20 AM
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!
Nigel Masimba Rodgers 2012-04-23 08:49:33 AM
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 11:51:28 AM
R50 says this light-bulb lasts only 3 months if it's plugged into the Eskom network. Any takers?