Times Square New Years Eve Ushers in New US Lighting Standards

The Beloved American Tradition at Times Square will be used this year to symbolized a new milestone in energy efficiency policies.  The lighting of the big green iconic sphere will be illuminated using energy efficient Phillips LEDs.  The LED ball will welcome the new U.S. energy and lighting standards that go into effect on January 1st, under the Energy Independence and Security Act.  The Philip's new LED light bulbs will be available for home use.

Philips aims to replace the usage of incandescent light bulbs in American homes.  Like the LEDs used in the Times Square Ball, Phillips is introducing a consumer line called AmbientLED.  The 12-watt AmbientLED A19 model will be an innovation for all-effectively able to replace the 60-watt incandescent bulb.

The new bulbs use roughly 80 percent less energy than traditional bulbs, making a huge savings for consumer use.  Because of the popularity of LEDs and energy efficient bulbs, the AmbientLED line is both affordable and practicle for home use.  If everyone switched to Phillips AmbientLEDs at home, a whopping 87.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions would be eliminated, and the energy savings would total $15.8 billion.