Philips Celebrates Earth Day with Launch of EcoVantage Bulbs, Incandescents that are 28 Percent More Energy-efficient

Available at The Home Depot, EcoVantage is a dimmable, mercury-free option that meets upcoming energy requirements, while offering same shape and light quality as the traditional Edison bulb

Apr 19, 2011, 07:00 ET from Philips Lighting

SOMERSET, N.J., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Earth Day, Philips Lighting is announcing the availability of the Philips EcoVantage range of light bulbs exclusively at The Home Depot, an energy-efficient incandescent that is a more sustainable alternative to traditional bulbs. Because EcoVantage uses halogen technology, it offers the same aesthetically pleasing light quality and dimmability as a traditional incandescent, but with energy savings of at least 28 percent(1).

On Earth Day we are reminded that even the smallest contributions can make a big positive impact on the environment. According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), lighting alone accounts for 22 percent of electricity use in the US, and there are over 4.4 billion medium screw-based light sockets. According to Philips' estimates(1), if every American were to replace a typical 100 watt bulb with an energy-efficient EcoVantage bulb, it would be the equivalent of removing 590,588 cars from the road, saving $388 million dollars(2) in energy costs and eliminating the need for power generated by three(3) 1000 Megawatt power plants.  

Available in soft white, true-color natural light or crystal clear options, EcoVantage is fully dimmable and ideal for household lamps and fixtures. It meets or exceeds efficiency standards established in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, making it one of the more environmentally-friendly incandescent light bulbs on the market.

"EcoVantage can offer the same light quality and features as a traditional light bulb, because it is an incandescent," said Ed Crawford, General Manager of Lamps for Philips Lighting North America.  "Using halogen technology, EcoVantage can offer added energy-efficiency and cost savings, without sacrificing any aesthetic features. We are especially proud to be unveiling it in celebration of Earth Day, as it underscores Philips' longstanding commitment to developing affordable, high-quality lighting solutions and our focus on environmental stewardship."

Wattage options are as follows:

  • 29-watt replaces a 40-watt incandescent
  • 43-watt replaces a 60-watt incandescent
  • 72-watt replaces a 100-watt incandescent

Each may be used in existing fixtures, offering warm white light that reaches full brightness instantly. EcoVantage is just the latest in the Philips portfolio of EISA-compliant, energy saving retrofit bulbs that are available today.  In addition to EcoVantage, Philips offers the AmbientLED line, which includes a 12.5 watt, ENERGY STAR qualified LED alternative to the 60 watt bulb delivering the same light quality, lasts 25,000 hours(4) and offers a six year warranty, while reducing energy use by up to 80 percent(5)

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(1) The calculations are based on using a 115 million households replacing one 100 watt incandescent with a 72 watt EcoVantage bulb for 3 hours per day, using 365 days in one year.

(2) Based on the data given, using the FTC electric rate of $0.11 per kWh.  

(3) Based on the reduction of 1 terawatt of power using given assumptions.

(4) Rated average life is the length of operation (in hours) at which point an average of 50% of the lamps will still be operational and 50 percent will not. Rated average life based on engineering testing and probability analysis.

(5) (Existing wattage – New wattage) divided by Existing wattage = % of energy cost savings

For further information, please contact: Silvie Casanova, Senior Manager, Lighting Communications, Philips Electronics North America Ph: 781-418-7928 Email:

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