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Friday
Mar092012

$50 Light Bulb Wins Government Affordability Prize

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government has awarded appliance-maker Philips $10 million for devising an “affordable” alternative to today’s standard 60-watt incandescent bulb. That standard bulb sells for around $1. The Philips alternative sells for $50.

Of course, the award-winner is no ordinary bulb. It uses only one-sixth the energy of an incandescent. And it lasts 30,000 hours -- about 30 times as long. In fact, if you don’t drop it, it may last 10 years or more.

But only the U.S. Government (in this case, the Department of Energy) could view a $50 bulb as cheap.

“I don’t want to say it’s exorbitant,” a Home Depot bulb-peddler quoted by The Washington Post demurs. He goes on to say, though, that he could see how a consumer shopping by price could come to that conclusion.

The Post says retailers are reluctant to criticize the bulb, lest they earn the wrath of Philips, a major supplier.

The Department of Energy created its so-called “L-Prize” to encourage manufacturers to come up with energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) alternatives to incandescent bulbs. To be deemed the winner, a bulb had to be affordable.

But LED alternatives already on the market and comparable to the L-Prize winner sell for less than half its price.

So by what standard is the winner cheap? The federal government’s, of course. But to be fair, also by the standard of other U.S.-made LEDs. The L-Prize originally required the winning bulb to be made in the U.S.A. The components for Philips’ bulb are made in California and assembled in Wisconsin. Cheaper LEDs of comparable performance come from overseas.

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Thursday
Aug112011

Philips Recalling 1.86 Million Light Bulbs over Laceration Risk

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- Philips Lighting announced Thursday that it is recalling 1.86 million light bulbs after receiving 700 reports of a faulty glue attachment on the products' body, which could pose a laceration risk to consumers.

The recall affects the company's EnergySaver -- also known as Marathon or Marathon Classic -- compact fluorescent dimmable reflector lamps made between March 2007 and May 2010.  The models that could put consumers at risk are R30, R40, and PAR 38.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the glue that keeps the glass globe attached to the body of the lamp on these models can fail, allowing the globe to fall and shatter.

So far, two minor injuries have been reported as a result.  Three instances of minor property damage have also occurred.

Consumers can locate the model numbers and date codes on the white ceramic portion at the base of the light bulbs.  Those with an affected product are advised to immediately cease its use and contact Philips for a replacement.

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