Philips TLED super efficient LED Tube - When to expect it in Australia

Phlips LED lighting has just announced a research breakthrough: they've achieved 200 lumens per watt of light output with an LED tube.

But before you get too excited, it's just a research prototype. Philips is predicting availability in the market of this technology around 2015, so I'd say that means around 2016 or 2017 here in Australia.

Philips is continuously making incremental efficacy improvements with all LED lamps in it's range. So this announcement doesn't come as too much of a surprise.

But it does re-affirm LED technology as the future of lighting and Philips as a market leader.

Why is the Philips TLED a 'breakthrough'?

In summary:

  • Lighting accounts for about 19% of the world's total electricity consumption.
  • Current office fluorescent tube lighting produces about 80 to 100 lumens of light per watt of power consumed.
  • LED lighting available on the market right now doesn't do much better than that (although there are many other benefits in that they produce more directional light and can therefore use less power for the same usable light output).
  • So the new announcement from Philips represents a doubling in efficiency, which is not bad at all.
  • Here's some more detailed technical information from Philips about the TLED:

They also produced a video to "explain" the new Philips TLED. But the statistics quoted are a little confusing.

Firstly they say "lighting accounts for 19% of the world's electricity consumption" (which sounds about right). But then go on to say "If we all switched to LED we'd save 40% of the world's electricity consumption". Which makes no sense - I suppose they mean 40% of the 19%. Anyway, here's the video:

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- Ryan McCarthy

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