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Philips Releases A 60-Watt Equivalent SlimStyle LED For Only $13

Philips has released a 650-lumen LED flood lamp for $12.97 USD comprising Luxeon mid-power LEDs built by the Philips Lumiled facility in San Jose, California. It is the SlimStyle BR30.

Philips BR30 LED Flood Light
The Philips SlimStyle BR30 650-lumen, 9.5-watt LED flood lamp.

About The Philips SlimStyle LED’s Energy-Efficiency

The Philips BR30 LED flood lamp consumes only 9.5 watts, and it is nearly as bright as a 60-watt incandescent light bulb or a 15-watt CFL, 650 lumens in this case). This translates to a luminous efficacy/efficiency of 68 lumens per watt, which is decent compared to the average CFL, which is  45 to 60 lumens per watt, and it much better than the average incandescent light bulbs’ bottom-of-the-bottle efficiency of 12 to 18 lumens per watt.

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For prospective LED buyers who want to know how this compares to other LEDs on the market, and how much it could save them. The average new LED lamp’s efficiency ranges from 45 to 100 lumens per watt, although most are well under 100 (and similar to the Philips SlimStyle). So the SlimStyle lamp’s efficiency is decent.

According to Philips:

‘the SlimStyle BR30 bulb leverages its uniquely flat surface to conduct heat away from the LEDs’ to reduce the bulb’s cost and weight by eliminating the need for an aluminium heat sink.

According to the Philips press release:

‘Like the original 60-watt equivalent SlimStyle bulb, the BR30 is designed to meet or exceed ENERGY STAR specifications and has already been submitted for ENERGY STAR testing. By reducing energy consumption by 85 percent, the SlimStyle BR30 offers an estimated $152 in cost savings over the life of the bulb and also offers dimming, making it an ideal replacement to the traditional 65-watt incandescent floodlight. Since the SlimStyle BR30 lasts 25 times longer than the average incandescent floodlight and is well suited for hard-to-reach ceiling fixtures often found in kitchens and living rooms, consumers can now spend less time on ladders and more time enjoying their well-lit homes.’

Want to buy one? It will be available online this July, and it will be sold in retail stores starting this August.

Sources: Philips Press Release and the DOE (Linked above).

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