Philips just released the details of its new energy efficient light bulb, which will work as a replacement bulb to traditional bulbs. It's slightly more energy efficient than some of its competitors, but is the higher price worth it in the long run?
The new Philips EnduraLED light bulb, which is meant to replace the standard 60-watt incandescent bulb, was unveiled this week at the Lightfair. The new bulb is about the same size as traditional bulbs, so it will fit in the same fixtures easily. Also, it's supposed to have a similar quality of light. However, the EnduraLED bulb will last 25 times as long. This means that it will last about 25,000 hours.
The bulb itself looks quite futuristic. It's got this yellow glaze so that the LED light is the right tint. Philips hasn't yet announced the price of the bulb, however Engadget thinks that it will sell for about $60. It's supposed to save about $120 throughout its life.
The EnduraLED shines at 806 lumens, which is almost twice as much as Home Depot's EcoSmart LED bulb replacement, which costs $20. So the EcoSmart A19 bulb is less bright, about the equivalent of a 40-Watt bulb, but lasts twice as long, at 50,000 hours (throughout its lifetime, it's supposed to save $155). Between the two, it's safe to say that the cheaper alternative will be better in the long run since it will pay for itself in about two years.