Beginning in 2012, the Energy Independence and Security Act goes into effect. EISA establishes efficiency standards that state that bulbs need to use 25% less energy than traditional light bulbs. Many choices are currently available, with the newest being the LED. Philips Lighting is marking their 12th year serving as the official lighting partner to the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball.
The ball will be lit with 32,256 Philips LUXEON LEDs that consume 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. That same technology is used in the Philips AmbientLED line of consumer light bulbs. The 12.5 W AmbientLED is the world’s first commercially available LED to replace the 60 W incandescent bulb and be Energy Star qualified.
“We are proud that our award-winning Philips LEDs will again light the spectacular Times Square Ball,” said Ed Crawford, CEO of Lamps, Lighting Systems and Controls for Philips Lighting. “But we are equally proud that our line of Philips AmbientLED bulbs continues to expand, enabling consumers to use energy-efficient, cost-friendly, long-lasting and aesthetically-pleasing lighting throughout their homes.”
To get a better view of the Times Square Ball, Philips is hosting an online video web chat with Ed Crawford from the viewing platform of 1 Times Square on December 30th from 1:30-2:15 EST. Topics that will be discussed include:
• How will EISA impact energy consumption in the individual home?
• What is the future and benefits of LED technology?
• What are the consumer benefits of switching to more energy efficient lighting solutions?
• What are the uses and benefits of LED technology on the Times Square Ball?
• What are the differences between traditional light bulbs, halogens, CFLs and LEDs?
Register for the web chat at http://event.xfactorcom.com/philips. Or just tune in on Dec. 31st at 11:59 to watch the ball drop and have a Happy New Year!