Light Bulb Of The Future: Energy-Saver Costs $50, Lasts 25 Years


philips-new-state-of-the-art-led-light-bulbWhat a bright idea!

A revolutionary new light bulb being introduced across stores in New York City just in time for Earth Day could be the future of energy efficient lighting, experts say.

The Philips LED 60-watt replacement bulb uses just 10 watts of energy, has the same color quality as standard incandescent lights and lasts for over a whopping 25 years.

“I think it’s a phenomenal product,” said Brad Paulsen, Light Bulb Merchant at The Home Depot. “Truly in my mind, they’re the way of the future.”

Getting the most environmentally friendly light bulb out there will take a chunk of change out of consumer’s pockets – it retails for $49.97 – though it does promise savings of more than $6 in energy costs a year and leaves a much smaller carbon footprint than the traditional incandescent bulb.

It also gives off more of a natural-looking light and doesn’t contain some of the same dangerous chemicals that the also environmentally friendly CFL bulbs contain.

“There are really three options: good, better best,” Paulsen said, when asked about the CFL bulbs as a cheaper earth-friendly option.

Paulsen said the new LED bulb would be available in Manhattan stores for Earth Day while supplies last, but is available online for customers around the country.

“We’ve seen sales that have certainly exceeded our expectations,” he said.

The light bulb brightened on the scene when it was awarded the Department of Energy’s Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition last year and the company began slowly rolling out the product in stores across the country this year.

The DOE estimates that if every 60-watt incandescent bulb in the U.S. was replaced with the L Prize winner, the country would save about $3.9 billion a year in electricity costs and avoid 20 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

{NY Daily News/ Newscenter}


  1. the LED lights have been around for about 5 years of consumer use. let’s say they have been around for 10 years total.
    how in the wolrd do they know it will last 25 years?

  2. Wow this took quiet a while to invent! Since the invention of the first light bulb there haven’t been many advances in this area.

  3. they were the only competitor but the DOE also approved a new version of the old bulb that lasts longer
    in reality this bulb does not give you these savings as usual its an over estimate

  4. What you should look at is the fine print it will work 25,000 hours but will last you 22.5 years if you use it for 3 hours a day, so this means that if you would use it longer then 3 hours a day it might affect thee life span of the bulb so this is just a marketing gimmick to make you think it will last that long.
    And there is high quality LED bulbs out there and also expensive that will last 50,000 hours and would not recommend that you use it only 3 hours a day just that at a maximum of 16 hours a day.

  5. Jon: “how in the wolrd do they know it will last 25 years?”

    There are ways to simulate in a lab the wear and tear on the bulb’s various components over 25 years. That’s not new.

  6. Is the new bulb they are pushing which if it falls and breaks, you have to run out of the house because of the mercury poisoning? Then house has to be fumigated.