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Philips celebrates Earth Day early by launching a new line of affordable LED bulbs

Philips LED light bulb
Credit: Michael Brown

Philips is ringing in Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22) a bit early with the launch of a 60-watt LED bulb it says is the most affordable of its kind. It’s not the only product the company announced today, though. It’s part of a troika that constitutes the Dutch lighting giant’s new LED A19 product range.

According to Philips, the 60-watt (incandescent equivalent) LED puts out 800 lumens while consuming just 8.5 watts. And if you haven’t guessed it already, its $4.97 price tag will leave no doubt in your mind that we are talking about a single-color, nondimmable, fully dumb bulb.

It will be available exclusively from The Home Depot’s website at the aforementioned price beginning in early May. This will be a limited-time offer running for 90 days after launch or until supplies run out, whichever comes first.

This is a warm white light (2700K), but should you want something cooler Philips has you covered. The new lineup includes another 60-watt bulb with a color temperature of 3500K, and a so-called “daylight” (5000K) LED bulbs in 60- and 100-watt varieties that should have you up and running in the morning in no time at all— that’s the idea, at least.

Why this matters: We usually focus our attention on smart bulbs, but the low price tag on this dumb one—and its brand provenance—convinced us to make an exception. Philips claims the warm 60-watt equivalent will only cost $1.02 per year to operate over its 10-year lifespan, netting you $62 in savings had you used an incandescent bulb. Considering that the average U.S. household has more than 40 sockets for light bulbs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy…. Well, we’ll leave the math to you.

Update: This article was updated to report additional information that Philips provided after the story was published. The Philips A19 bulb will be available in $4.97 two-packs at Home Depot in early May. This link on Home Depot's website indicates the two-packs are now in stock. 

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