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June 22, 2010

Light-emitting diodes make for bright and long-lasting light sources, but they’re not used for general illumination because they don’t easily provide bright white light. That may start to change with the 12-watt EnduraLED, a replacement for a 60-watt incandescent bulb. It uses a phosphor film placed a short distance from a high-efficiency array of blue LEDs : the film glows yellow, and the combination yields white light. The LED draws less power than an incandescent and lasts a full 25,000 hours. But the price tag–$60–may leave many people reluctant to change their light bulbs.

Product: 12-watt EnduraLED
Cost: Around $60
Availability: Late 2010
Source: www.lighting.philips.com
Companies: Philips

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