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Philips LED Light Bulb Uses Less Than 7W

While environmentalists are still encouraging people to switch their incandescent lights over to compact fluorescent ones in the interest of saving energy, a new type of light bulb is just months away from the North American market.

Philips said that it will release an LED-based light bulb--dubbed the “Master LED”--in U.S. and Canada within the first half of 2009, but some media outlets have even reported that the product will actually ship in July. The product is already available in 230V countries (North America uses 110V).

The Master LED appears externally in the shape of a screw-in light bulb, and will be compatible with most lighting appliances today. According to Philips, a single Master LED retrofit bulb uses less than 7W of power and can replace traditional incandescent bulbs up to 40W, depending on the application. Of course, this means that incandescent lighting is still the way to go for situations that call for brighter conditions.

As with other LED technology, the new Master LED bulbs are estimated to last for 45,000 hours compared to just 1,500 hours for the conventional solution. Besides being energy conscious, Philips claims that its Master LED solution is lead and mercury free, making it certified green. Plus, it just looks cool.

  • skine
    LED bulbs have been around for a while. have been selling that model for a while, and had another even before it. Interesting to see a mainstream company starting to manufacture the technology, though.
  • I have one that i bought at the local hardware store for use as an outdoor light. It's fine for that but the color isn't very nice. If Philips could sell a 2800k bulb with decent CRI that'd be great for indoor use.
  • FUtomNOreg
    Not impressed. Not bright enough. Maybe useful in the fridge, but that's it.
    13W CFLs generate as much light as a 60W incandescent and can be found for $1 now.
  • jaragon13
    Huh,what? Prove me wrong,but I could of sworn it was 120V the American's use ;)
  • coopchennick
    jaragon13Huh,what? Prove me wrong,but I could of sworn it was 120V the American's useNope, it's 110
  • Tekkamanraiden
    Actually it ranges from 110 to 120.
  • knightmike
    It's 120. Show me a transformer that says 110.
  • daft
    it changes from 110 to 120 pending on what area of the country you are in. ive noticed that west america tends to have 120. not to sure about east or central though
  • m3kt3k
    RMS is 115. But yes 110 to 120 or in my area 75 to 170. Surge protectors are very popular.
  • Xajel
    these are too expensive !!, 40 - 100 is too much for lighting !!

    I think they need more time to become affordable for average user, specially when you want something like 12 - 20 for your outdoor lighting