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Philips unveils EnduraLED A21 17-watt bulb

Philips Electronics will unveil the Philips EnduraLED A21 17-watt light bulb today at the Lightfair International trade show.

Designed to replace a 75-watt incandescent bulb, while reducing energy consumption by 80% and lasting 25 times longer, the Philips EnduraLED A21 17-watt marks another important milestone in LED lighting technology for everyday use, the company said.

"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," said Ed Crawford, general manager of lamps for Philips Lighting North America.  

The EnduraLED A21 17-watt is the latest addition in Philips' portfolio of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs that can efficiently replace traditional incandescents. These include 25W and 40W equivalents, as well as the Energy Star-qualified Philips EnduraLED 12.5-watt bulb, the world's first commercially available 60-watt replacement.

Philips estimates that about 90 million 75-watt incandescent light bulbs are sold annually in the United States. Switching to this LED replacement has the potential to reduce energy use by 5,220 megawatts of electricity, a cost savings of approximately $630 million annually. According to Philips estimates, switching to the EnduraLED 21 17-watt could also eliminate 3,255,205 metric tons of carbon emissions annually, or the equivalent of removing nearly 1 million cars from the road.

Available during the fourth quarter of 2011 in the United States, 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.