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Philips SlimStyle LED earns Energy Star certification

The energy efficient, flat-shaped bulb will now retail for less than $4 in many parts of the US, and for as little as $1.97 in at least one market.

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Philips announced Energy Star certification for its SlimStyle LED this morning, a distinction that qualifies the flat-shaped bulb for instant utility rebates in several regions of the United States. Coupled with the fact that Philips recently cut the SlimStyle's price to $8.97 at Home Depots nationwide, the news means that many consumers will be able to purchase the LED for less than $4.

Debuting in stores earlier this year, the SlimStyle is a 10.5-watt LED that puts out 800 lumens worth of light for an average yearly energy cost of $1.26. The SlimStyle's flat shape is designed to distribute the diodes along the perimeter of the bulb rather than bunching them in the center, which helps it to distribute heat more evenly.

The SlimStyle shines at a warm white, 2,700K color temperature, and is rated to last 25,000 hours, or well over twenty years at an average usage rate of three hours per day.

Sorry, Alabama and Mississippi. Philips

States that offer instant rebates include Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, and Utah, among others. Rebates vary from region to region, but consumers can check here to see the specific promotions offered by their utility provider. In at least one region, Philips claims that the SlimStyle will now be available for just $1.97.