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Philips LED replaces 100-watt incandescent

Company's latest EnduraLED is a 100-watt equivalent due in the fall that consumes 23 watts and is rated for more than 20 years of use.

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Philips this fall will release an LED bulb as bright as a 100-watt incandescent lamp, filling out its existing LED line.

The company will add to its EnduraLED line with a lamp that gives off almost 1,700 lumens, or about the amount of light as a 100-watt incandescent, and consumes 23 watts. The product will be available this fall. Philips did not disclose the price but it is expected to be in the $40 to $50 range.

This latest EnduraLED has a color temperature is a warm yellow at 2,700 Kelvin, is dimmable, and has a color rendering index (CRI), which is a color quality measurement, of 80. The existing EnduraLED bulbs are rated to last nearly 23 years based on three hours of use a day.

Getting bulbs as bright as 100-watt incandescent has been one of the toughest technical challenges for lighting manufacturers, but a number of companies are now preparing products for that category.

This 23-watt Philips LED bulb follows the introduction last month of its LPrize LED, which was notable for its impressive technical specifications and its price. Its suggested retail price is $60 but Philips is offering a $10 rebate to make it available for $50. Utility rebates for buying efficient products can bring costs lower, too.

The difference between the EnduraLED and the LPrize LED bulb, which gives as much light as a 60-watt incandescent, is efficiency, light quality, and expected lifetime.

The LPrize LED operates at 96 lumens per watt, compared with about 74 lumens per watt for the 100-watt equivalent EnduraLED. The CRI of the L Prize, at 93, is substantially higher than the EnduraLEDs, too.

In other LED announcements today, Philips revised its overhead spotlight LEDs with a design that eliminates the fin-like heat sinks. Its BR and PAR lamps now have a streamlined side that better integrates with ceilings, according to the company.