As incandescent bulbs make final exit, Philips unveils eye-catching LED
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. 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.
Although I’m partial to the cheaper and slightly more efficient Cree LED which was released as a “no-compromise” 40/60-watt replacement bulb earlier this year, the SlimStyle is still very much a solid choice (CNet has published an interesting bulb-to-bulb comparison between the two bulbs) that I would recommend to LED first-timers. And like the Cree LED line which saw its retail price drop even further with Energy Star certification, Philips is also pursuing an Energy Star rating to help drive down the yet-to-be-announced price of the SlimStyle with rebates and other incentives.
The Philips SlimStyle LED bulb will be available exclusively at the Home Depot starting Jan.2. Again, an exact price has yet to be announced by Philips but tech chatter is anticipating that it will fall in the sub-$10 range with Energy Star certification pending.
Do you have plans to usher in 2014 with some household light bulb switcheroos? Perhaps slimming down your monthly energy bills with a new LED?
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