Philips Lighting debuted, on April 22, a new range of light bulbs, called EcoVantage. Using halogen technology, it can provide an energy savings of 28%, according to the comapny.
What lighting consumers choose does have an effect on the environment. According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), lighting alone accounts for 22% of electricity use in the U.S., and there are over 4.4 billion medium screw-based light sockets.
According to Philips' estimates, if every American were to replace a typical 100 watt bulb with an energy-efficient EcoVantage bulb, it would be the equivalent of removing 590,588 cars from the road, saving $388 million in energy costs and eliminating the need for power generated by three 1000 Megawatt power plants.
"EcoVantage can offer the same light quality and features as a traditional light bulb, because it is an incandescent," said Ed Crawford, General Manager of Lamps for Philips Lighting North America. "Using halogen technology, EcoVantage can offer added energy-efficiency and cost savings, without sacrificing any aesthetic features. We are especially proud to be unveiling it in celebration of Earth Day, as it underscores Philips' longstanding commitment to developing affordable, high-quality lighting solutions and our focus on environmental stewardship."