Manufacturer: Philips.
Model: Econic 7W A60 Warm White.
Application: General Lighting.
Wattage: 7W.
Width (max): 60mm.
Length: 105mm.
Tube Length: N/A.
Bulb/Tube material: Plastic/Metal.
Colour Temperature: 2700K.
Peak output wavelength: Broadband.
Total light output: 350Lm.
Rated lifetime: 25,000 hours.
Cap: B22.
Operating voltage: 230-240V AC
Operating current: 45mA.
Warmup/restrike time: None.
Cost (original): 25 (March 2011).
Value (now): --
Place of manufacture: China.
Date of manufacture: January 2010 - Date code 0A on lamp.
Lamp Status: Working, new in packaging.

So here we go, we have finally reached the point where high power LED's are starting to poach traditional incandescent territory.

Philips have recently announced an LED package which while looking rather odd, is in both luminous and physical size terms an equivalent to a 60W incandescent lamp.  I've not managed to get hold of one of these yet, but once I track one down it will appear here.  In the meantime, I'd suggest taking a look at the page on Lamptech, a web site run by fellow lamp collector and lighting enthusiast, James Hooker.

While this lamp isn't as revolutionary as that one, it's definitely worthy of note I think.  Officially this is being touted as equivalent to a 32W incandescent, though to be honest in many applications you would be able to substitute this for a 40W lamp I would think without noticing a huge difference.

I was quite astonished when I switched this on to discover not only a colour, but a light distribution hugely reminiscent of a 40W pearl incandescent lamp.  Even down to the fuzzy bright bit that looks like the filament.

It is a bit expensive - on the same note though, if you looked at CFLs when they were just starting to appear on the market, they weren't far off the same price in relative terms.  Once this sort of lamps start to gain a foothold in the market properly I would expect to see price levels dropping quite considerably.  These aren't likely to drop to the price of incandescent ES50's, but at the same time - they're going to last a heck of a lot longer!  Unlike CFLs as well - these LED retrofits will undoubtedly handle physical abuse very much better - so you're not likely to kill your 20 lamp by whacking your head on the lamp when standing up from the desk - I've taken out more than one incandescent doing that!  Have killed a CFL by dropping it before too.

These are early, tentative steps into the market of main steam lighting for LED technology, just as was the case for CFL technology 26 years ago...As with that before it though, it shows great promise.  I will be watching with great interest to see where things go from here.


Click Thumbnails for full size images. Philips Econic 7W A60 Warm White lamp cap detail Philips Econic 7W A60 Warm White lighting my workstation from a couple of metres Philips Econic 7W A60 Warm White when lit showing pearl incandescent-like light distribution

Philips Econic 7W A60 Warm White when lit, underexposed to better show light distribution Philips Econic 7W A60 Warm White held in hand to give sense of scale Philips Econic 7W A60 Warm White lamp size

Philips Econic 7W A60 Warm White lamp crown text detail Philips Econic 7W A60 Warm White lamp packaging Philips Econic 7W A60 Warm White detail of rear of lamp packaging

Philips Econic 7W A60 Warm White spectral output

Philips Econic 7W A60 Warm White

This lamp added to the Virtual Display Shelf on the 11th March 2011 at 20:52.

Exhibit number: 84.

References: Lamp packaging and markings only.

Acknowledgements: None.


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