2.5 million energy-efficient bulbs

5th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Light bulbs that last up to 35 years to be distributed to lottery participants.

AMSTERDAM—The National Postcode Lottery and the World Wide Fund for Nature have announced that they will distribute 2.5 million Pharox bulbs to lottery participants.

The Pharox, a new LED bulb that emits a soft white light, was developed by two great-grandsons of the founder of the Dutch electronics firm Philips. It uses only ten percent as much energy as a conventional lightbulb, and can burn for up to 35 years, or 50,000 hours.

When he visited the Netherlands last year former US president Bill Clinton promised he would promote the new bulb worldwide.

The technology, developed by Lemnis Lighting, is installed in street lamps in 70 places in the Netherlands, and also in London, Los Angeles and Mumbai. In addition, it's been developed for Green Houses.

We could all save lots of energy using the Pharox, according to the Lemnis Lighting website: "If every Dutch household were to replace 4 incandescent bulbs with 4 Pharox lamps, we would save 1.5 billion KWh of energy per year. This energy savings is equal to the annual energy consumption of all households in Amsterdam."

The World Economic Forum named Lemnis Lighting “Technology Pioneer of 2009,” for innovation and advancement in technology. The Technology Pioneers 2009 are invited to take part in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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