As the controversial, Republican-lead war — a war that recently claimed the life of an unsuspecting chocolate Easter bunny — to repeal the light bulb efficiency mandates outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 rages on, Philips has emerged with an incandescent light bulb that complies with efficiency standards due to take effect in 2012. Yep, that’s right. Just call it an energy-efficient light bulb for the haters.

Unveiled to celebrate Earth Day, the Philips EcoVantage bulb uses halogen technology and is 28 percent more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs. The bulb barely slips by the EISA requirement that light bulbs be 25 percent more efficient by 2012 but, hey, it’s something.

This EcoVantage could prove popular with those scared off by incandescent alternatives like CFLs, LEDs, and the ESL bulb because of A. the cost (understandable but prices for dauntingly spendy LEDs will drop in time as demand grows); B. the mercury factory (again, totally understandable, but despite a whole lot of aggressive fear-mongering, it must be made clear that exposure to the super-small amount of mercury in a single CFL bulb is of non-threatening levels as long as a broken bulb is cleaned up and disposed of properly); and C. the quality of light (once again, an understandable concern but consider that non-incandescents have come a long way since the early, unflatteringly lit days of the CFL).

Free of mercury, dimmable, costing only about $2.99 for a 2-pack, and sporting that classic, A-shape incandescent “look,” Philips EcoVantage bulbs might be the ideal transitional bulb. But still, when you get down to the nitty-gritty, the lifespan of the bulb is short at only around 1,000 hours. In comparison, the lifespan of GE’s highly touted, heirloom-worthy 40 watt replacement bulb, the $50 Energy Smart LED, is 25,000 hours. Philips own 60 watt replacement bulb, the AmbientLED, also boasts a life of around 25,000 hours. It retails for $39.99.

According to Philips’ estimates, if every American were to replace a standard 100 watt incandescent with an EcoVantage bulb, it would be the equivalent of removing 590,588 cars from the road, saving $388 million dollars in energy costs, and eliminating the need for power generated by three 1000 Megawatt power plants.

Philips EcoVantage light bulbs are available at Home Depot as a 29-watt replacement for the standard 40-watt incandescent bulb, a 43-watt replacement for the 60-watt incandescent bulb, and a 72-watt replacement the 100-watt incandescent bulb.

What do you think of this new slightly-more-efficient replacement for standard incandescents? Do you plan on using one once your next bulb burns out? Or are you ready to say adios to the incandescent once and for all? Are you thinking why bother?

Via [PR Newswire]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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