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Philips Unveils World’s First Direct LED Replacement for 75W Incandescent Bulbs

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Written by Shane McGlaun | May 17, 2011

I understand that changing your light bulbs in the home from the normal incandescent to more efficient CCFL or LED lights can save you a bunch of money. The problem I have always had with LED bulbs is that the color light tends to be weird and the bulbs are just so damn expensive. I can buy a year’s worth of bulbs for the price of one LED bulb.

Philips has announced that it has the world’s first direct replacement bulb for the venerable 75W incandescent. The LED version produces 1100 lumens of light and consumes only 17-watts. That makes it much more energy efficient. The Philips offering has a color temperature of 2700k and a rendering index of 80. I have no idea how that corresponds to a normal light bulb.

The part I really like about the LED bulb is that they are good for 25,000 hours (about 3 years constantly on) each. The part I really hate is that each one of these bulbs will cost you $40-$45 (USD). You will be able to pick this bulb up in stores in Q4 2011. Would you pay that much money for a light bulb?

[via Inhabitat]