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Philips creates world’s most energy-efficient LED lamp

15 April 2013
Philips creates world’s most energy-efficient LED lamp

LONDON: Philips has created a new light for offices and industry that it says is the world’s most energy-efficient LED lamp.

The prototype, called a TLED, is designed to replace fluorescent tube lighting that is traditionally used in offices and industry, a sector that accounts for more than half of the world’s total lighting.

Using half the amount of energy as conventional lights, the Philips TLED lamp marks the first time engineers have hit 200 lumens per Watt efficiency without compromising on quality of light, and are twice as efficient as lamps that are currently used in offices across the globe.

The lamp is expected to reach the office and industry market in 2015, before eventually being used in the home.

Rene van Schooten, CEO Light Sources & Electronics, Philips Lighting, said: “This again is a major breakthrough in LED lighting and will further drive the transformation of the lighting industry. After being recognized for our quality of LED light (mimicking traditional light bulbs) to creating new experience with Philips Hue (the connected light system for the home), we now present the next innovative step in doubling lighting efficiency. It’s exciting to imagine the massive energy and cost savings it will bring to our planet and customers.”

As an example of the cost and emission reduction benefits of converting to TLEDs, according to Philips, if the US replaced all of its fluorescent lights with TLEDs it would use around 100 terawatthour less energy, which is the equivalent to 50 medium sized power plants. Such a large reduction in energy use would save America US$12 billion and prevent around 60 million metric tons of CO2 being released into the environment. 

Jim Walker, International Programs and Strategy Director, The Climate Group, said: “Lighting currently accounts for about one fifth of the world’s total electricity consumption, so Philips’ LED innovation represents another step in the technology realizing its potential for major energy and cost savings in the important office and industrial lighting sectors.”

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