Ultra efficient bulb is better for planet and purse


    October 19, 2021


    A breakthough in LED: a bulb that consumes 60% less energy than a standard Philips LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours.


    The launch coincides with a change in regulations of the EU energy labelling and eco-design framework, which came into effect on September 1. Under the new rules, lighting products need to have an energy efficiency of at least 210lm/W to be given the highest rating. With the design and development of four A-shape light bulbs, branded the Philips LED A-class, Signify meets the requirements of the revised criteria.

    “Our passion for a better and more sustainable world pushed us to further innovate and increase the energy efficiency of our LED lighting,” said Michael Rombouts, Business Unit leader LED Lamps and Luminaires at Signify.

    “With this technological breakthrough, we created our most energy-efficient lamp in this shape yet, while maintaining the same high quality of LED lighting that our customers are used to,” he added.


    The bulb lasts 3.5 times longer than a standard Philips LED bulb, which Signify claims will last 50 years based on 3 hours of residential usage a day. It also satisfies the Philips EyeComfort criteria, joining a range of products designed for the comfort of the eyes, reducing flicker and strobe effects as well as other factors leading to discomfort.

    The new products are not the result of a single innovation, but a multitude of individual technology breakthroughs developed within Signify’s R&D team in Shanghai. 


    The first in a range of new A-class bulbs, the LED is being hailed as a “smart investment for both the planet and the purse” by the company.

    “This innovative bulb presents consumers with a simple way to take climate action.”

    “The new bulb is a breakthrough in LED technology. Consumers in Europe to begin with, can now purchase a bulb that will help them reduce their carbon footprint, one light bulb at a time,” said Kristof Vermeersch, Global Product Manager LED Bulbs & Spots, at Signify. “Given the warnings in the latest IPCC report, this innovative bulb presents consumers with a simple way to take climate action – it’s as easy as changing a light bulb.”

    The new glass filament bulb goes on sale in Europe as a clear 40W White (3000K) and Cool White (4000K) priced at EUR 8.99. A 60W version, White (3000K) and Cool White (4000K), will cost EUR 9.99.


    The company expects to add other regions as well as new form factors in the future. Europe was chosen as the launch market as this is where demand is highest.


    “This innovation puts our LED lamps at the forefront of the ambitions of the new EU regulations and there is more to come,” said Rombouts, adding that the company will “continue to provide consumers the best quality of LED lighting, while relentlessly work on further product improvements to contribute to a better world.”

    About the author:

    Annie MacFarlane

    Neil Pattie

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    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals, consumers and the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2023, we had sales of EUR 6.7 billion, approximately 32,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for seven consecutive years and have achieved the EcoVadis Platinum rating for four consecutive years, placing Signify in the top one percent of companies assessed. News from Signify can be found in the Newsroom, on X, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors is located on the Investor Relations page.

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