Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 09:25
Philips has developed a new tube lamp which consumes only half of the energy consumed by the current fluorescent lighting. As such, the new LED lamp can have a significant impact on power consumption worldwide. The new tubular LED lamp, called tled, combines the familiar fluorescent tube and LED lighting. The lamp provides 200 lumen of light per watt, double of what a conventional fluorescent tube produces, and a lot more than the 15 lumen per watt of a light bulb. Philips emphasizes that the lamp illuminates with such a high quality that it meets the stringent requirements of an office environment. As of the moment it is a prototype. Philips wants to bring the lamps to the market in 2015, and thus reduce the energy consumption of fluorescent lamps by 50%. Almost a fifth of global electricity is used for lighting, and fluorescent lights are responsible for half of that. In the U.S. alone, fluorescent lamps consume about 200 terawatt annually. If all the lamps would be replaced by the new design, it would result in savings of 100 terawatt, equivalent to about 50 medium-sized power plants and good for savings of about $ 12 billion annually and a reduction of 60 million tonnes of CO2 per year.