The marketplace for more-or-less normal-looking LED light bulbs became just a little more crowded yesterday, when Philips announced the dimmable 75-watt equivalent version of its SlimStyle bulb. With an output of 1,100 lumens, it's a significant step up from the 60-watt equivalent 800-lumen model that previously sat at the top of the SlimStyle line.
There's a reason that we say "more-or-less normal-looking" ... while the SlimStyle looks like a regular light bulb when viewed face-on, it's flat when seen in profile. This design reportedly draws heat away from Luxeon LEDs inside, so no aluminum heat sink is required. That lack of a heat sink means that less work and material are required to build the bulb, plus it has a lower shipping weight – all of which are reflected in its relatively low price.
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According to Philips, the new bulb consumes 13 watts of power, and should last for approximately 25,000 hours. Also, despite its asymmetrical design, it is claimed to produce even, omni-directional light.
It's available now for US$12.97, although instant in-store rebates in some markets will drive that price down to $7.97. The latter is the same price as Cree's new LED light bulb which also does away with the heat sink and looks more like a regular light bulb, although it tops out at a 60-watt equivalent 815-lumen model.
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