Philips develops TLED prototype with double the efficiency of fluorescent lights

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Greentech Lead America: Philips has developed a tube lighting (TL) replacement TLED prototype what the company claims as the world’s most energy-efficient LED lamp that is capable of producing a record 200 lumens per watt of high-quality white light.

The efficiency of TL replacement is double than that of typical fluorescent lamp that yields 100lm/W on average. In other words, the LED TL replacement reduces energy consumption by half.

The 200lm/W TLED lamp is expected to hit the market in 2015 for office and industry applications before ultimately being used in the home.

With lighting accounting for more than 19 percent of the world’s total electricity consumption, this innovation promises to drive massive energy and cost savings across the globe, the company claims.

The new TLED prototype lamp from Philips marks the first time that lighting engineers have been able to reach 200lm/W efficiency without compromising on light quality, with all parameters required to meet the stringent requirements for office lighting.

Rene van Schooten , CEO Light Sources & Electronics for Philips Lighting, said, “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.”

The TLED lamps are intended to replace fluorescent tube lighting used in office and industry, which currently account for more than half of the world’s total lighting. Conversion to the twice-as-efficient 200lm/W TLED lamps will generate significant energy and cost savings.

In the US alone, for example, fluorescent lights consume around 200 terawatts of electricity annually, according to Philips. If these lights were all replaced with 200lm/W TLEDs, the U.S. would use around 100 terawatts less energy (equivalent to 50 medium sized power plants) saving more than US$12 billion and preventing around 60 million metric tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.

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