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On occasion of Earth Day (April 22), Philips launched a super expensive LED bulb, but that lasts for almost 20 years! Woo hoo 🙂

This new Philips LED Bulb was a winner of Bright Tomorrow competition held by US Department of Energy and actually went under 18 months of rigorous testing before being announced as winner. The new LED bulb is designed as more energy-efficient alternative to 60-watt incandescent light bulbs.

The DoE announced a challenge between the electric companies to come-up with an improved energy-efficient bulb and Philips was the only entrant in the competition.

A $60 LED Bulb from Philips that lasts for 20 years!

As quoted in a press release published on LED Magazine on August 3, 2011

“We looked at the L Prize challenge as an opportunity to innovate and develop an energy-efficient alternative to a product that has remained largely unchanged for over a century,” said Zia Eftekhar, CEO of Philips Lighting North America. “The fact that we are the first and only company capable of submitting a product and completing 18 months of rigorous testing not only underscores our commitment to innovation and quality, it highlights our ability to bring meaningful leading technologies into the mainstream.”

Philips new bulb codenamed as – EnduraLED 10W A19 Dimmable Bulb. It consumes 10-watt of energy and works for 20 long years, considering at a rate of 4 hours per day. Philips engineers claim that, the bulb will collectively save about $3.9 million spent in energy cost per year.

A $60 LED Bulb from Philips that lasts for 20 years!

A cheaper and less efficient bulb is already being sold in the US markets. 100-watt & 60-watt bulbs are already banned in the US and by 2014, bulbs using 40-watts or more will also be banned.

This new Philips’ $60 LED bulbs seems like a perfect-buy of the Earth Day occasion and now, we will never need to buy a bulb again for almost 20 years. 🙂

Did you buy one or few? Do let us know through comments.

Long live planet Earth!