Philips Unveils the SlimStyle LED Bulb

Philips introduced their new SlimStyle 60-watt replacement LED today.

Good news for those who are in search for new lights in wake of the looming phase-out of 40- and 60-watt incandescents: they will have the opportunity to purchase it next month, as today Philips introduced their new SlimStyle 60-watt replacement LED. Photo: Philips

For over one hundred years, the light bulb didn’t evolve much, as a rule featuring common design since Thomas Edison created it back in 1879.

However, this design has been changed not long time ago with creation of LEDs and CFLs that have challenged the conventional bulb, and now Philips is taking light bulb design in a new, flatter direction.

“The SlimStyle looks like a light bulb that’s hit the gym,” Mashable compares.

“It emits light at a brightness equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb, but it’s powered by an LED (light-emitting diode), meaning it consumes just 10.5 watts. It also has a rated lifetime of 22 years, so you can count the number of times you’d need to change the bulb in a human lifetime on one hand,” the blog adds.

Well, it can be concluded that the most ditinctive and outstanding thing about the introduced by Philips novelty is is its design. At first glance, it may appear to be shaped like a regular bulb, but if you will take a closer look at it from the side you will notice how slim it is.

Nevertheless, the bulb can fit a normal socket, so it’s not overly thin, but it’s definitely unusual — and easier to screw in.

According to its manufacturers, the light the bulb produces is “as warm as an incandescent bulb and it’s extremely consistent, with no flicker.”

Which is more, the novelty is reported to work longer than a usual bulb, with an exterior that’s more like hard plastic than glass. Unlike some of those twisty CFL bulbs, the LED-based SlimStyle is dimmable.

Philips claims that its new product is rated for up to 25,000 hours of use – the warranty runs out after three years.

As Cnet claims, “the SlimStyle LED glows at a color temperature of 2,700K, giving it a warm, soft white tone. For comparison’s sake, we screwed one in alongside Cree’s 60-watt replacement LED, our current LED of choice. The two bulbs boast similar stats, though the SlimStyle is slightly more natural and less yellowy in tone than the Cree.”

“Right now we’re at a really exciting point because LED bulbs have started to break the $10 mark, and fall well below it once you factor in subsidies,” says Sal Cangeloso, author of LED Lighting: A Primer to Lighting the Future.

“We’re still not at the point of mass adoption — it’s not entirely clear where that is — but right now we have two significant factors coinciding: dropping prices and the the phase-out of 40W and 60W incandescents going into effect.”

Matt Hickman, who leads his blog devoted to eco-friendly houses, writes: “I recently had the chance to try out the Philips SlimStyle and it’s a great little bulb with 360-degree omnidirectional distribution as advertised and a pleasant soft white light with a warmth of 2700K. ”

He went on, concluding: “The 2D bulb’s light weight and intriguingly thin good looks come from the fact it’s designed without the heavy metal heat sink found in the base of most LED bulbs. I wouldn’t go as far to call the bulb “revolutionizing” as the SlimStyle press materials proclaim but it’s a notable and unique addition to the market from a leading innovator.”

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