Lighting leader Signify has introduced a bulb that consumes 60% less energy than a standard Philips LED and has a lifespan of 50,000 hours.
The launch coincides with a change in regulations of the EU energy labelling and eco-design framework, which comes into effect later this week. Under the new rules, lighting products need to have an energy efficiency of at least 210lm/W to be given the highest rating.
With the design and development of four A-shape light bulbs, branded the Philips LED A-class, Signify meets the requirements of the revised criteria.
“Our passion for a better and more sustainable world pushed us to further innovate and increase the energy efficiency of our LED lighting,” said Michael Rombouts, Business Unit leader LED Lamps and Luminaires at Signify.
“With this technological breakthrough, we created our most energy-efficient lamp in this shape yet, while maintaining the same high quality of LED lighting that our customers are used to,” he added.
The new products are not the result of a single innovation, but a multitude of individual technology breakthroughs developed within Signify’s R&D team in Shanghai.
The first in a range of new A-class bulbs, the LED is being hailed as a “smart investment for both the planet and the purse” by the company.
“The new bulb is a breakthrough in LED technology. Consumers in Europe to begin with, can now purchase a bulb that will help them reduce their carbon footprint, one light bulb at a time,” said Kristof Vermeersch, Global Product Manager LED Bulbs & Spots, at Signify. “Given the warnings in the latest IPCC report, this innovative bulb presents consumers with a simple way to take climate action – it’s as easy as changing a light bulb.”
The new glass filament bulb goes on sale in Europe as a clear White (3000K) and Cool White (4000K) with equivalent brightness to an old 40W bulb, priced at €8.99. A 60W equivalent version, White (3000K) and Cool White (4000K), will cost €9.99.
The company expects to add other regions as well as new form factors in the future. Europe was chosen as the launch market as this is where demand is highest.
“This innovation puts our LED lamps at the forefront of the ambitions of the new EU regulations and there is more to come,” said Rombouts, adding that the company will “continue to provide consumers the best quality of LED lighting, while relentlessly work on further product improvements to contribute to a better world.”