Philips introduces new LED light bulb

PHILADELPHIA — Philips is slated to launch a new LED light bulb, which will premiere at the LightFair International trade show.

Philips EnduraLED A21 17-watt bulb uses Philips' high-power, next-generation Luxeon LEDs and is designed to replace a 75-watt incandescent bulb, while reducing energy consumption by 80% and lasting 25 times longer, the company said. The light bulb also was developed to meet or exceed Energy Star qualifications for an LED-based replacement.

Available during the fourth quarter 2011, the manufacturer's suggested retail price for consumers has not yet been finalized but is expected to be in the range of $40 to $45.

"We continue to test the boundaries of LED innovation with exciting products that provide energy efficiency, ambiance and extraordinary reliability," said Ed Crawford, general manager of lamps for Philips Lighting North America. "Once again we have demonstrated that consumers do not have to wait for quality alternatives to the incandescent or to sacrifice the soft white light they have become accustomed to because LED can deliver all the benefits without compromising quality."

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