Enhancing life with light

Lighting can improve ambience, comfort and energy-efficiency in your home. It can be peaceful and comfortable, stylish and dramatic, or cheerful and festive. Light can turn strangers away and welcome friends inside.

Philips offers a wide variety of light bulbs to help you create that perfect atmosphere, while reducing energy consumption.

Designing with light

Upgrading the lighting in your home is one of the simplest, yet most dramatic ways to transform the look of any room.

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Superior choices

Our extensive collection of energy saving light bulbs offers a wide range of alternatives to the standard, inefficient incandescents.

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Change much more than just light

It's amazing how lighting can transform the whole atmosphere in a room. To demonstrate this, Philips has done a series of Light Overs in real people's homes, dramatically improving the ambiance using the latest LED lighting. Watch and see what LED lighting can do.

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Reflect your personal style with lighting

Whether you are building a new home or redecorating, one of the most overlooked elements of design is lighting. Upgrading the lighting in your home is one of the simplest, yet most dramatic ways to transform the look of any room.

Layers of light

To achieve great lighting, you should always use a combination of the three layers of light:
Ambient light, Focal light and Decorative light.

Ambient light

Ambient light is 'everywhere' light used within the home to provide even illumination. Think of it as a background light necessary for every room. Ambient light does not capture one's attention or create shadows. Instead, it acts as a general light source in the room.

Examples of ambient light include overhead lighting, downlights and fanlights.

Focal light

Focal light is a concentrated source of light with greater intensity than its background. It essentially brings light where the work is to aid in the completion of tasks or projects.

Examples of focal light include fixtures placed over project areas such as the kitchen sink, a desktop or a reading chair.

Decorative light

Decorative lighting is marked by small but brilliant points of light. It is pleasing to the eye and adds areas of sparkle and drama to the room.

Examples of decorative light include fixtures such as wall sconces, hanging chandeliers, and spotlights.

Lighting techniques

There are a number of special lighting
techniques you might consider to
change the mood, look and
functionality of any room.

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Dimming effects

Dimming not only can help create a mood but can also reduce energy consumption.

Philips Dimmer Compatibility Sheet
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You have a choice

Philips broad range of energy efficient light bulbs can help you create the perfect atmosphere in your home while reducing energy costs without sacrificing the qualities of traditional bulbs.

From table lamps and recessed light, to decorative and accent light, Philips variety of energy efficient light bulbs can be used in most fixtures to make your home more beautiful and energy efficient.


Philips advanced LED bulbs offer soft white light while reducing your carbon footprint and your electric bill. The elegant design provides increased life when compared to less-efficient incandescent, and are ideal for decorative fixtures, table lamps and recessed lighting.

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Philips EnergySaver compact fluorescent bulbs offer comfortable, soft light for an inviting atmosphere. From table lamps and recessed lighting to decorative fixtures, compact fluorescents are available in the shapes and sizes you are accustomed to in soft white, natural or daylight.

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Philips energy efficient EcoVantage light bulbs produce high quality light more efficiently than standard incandescent without sacrificing the quality of a traditional bulb. Choose soft warm light, natural light or clear light to brighten your home.

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All About Federal DOE Legislation

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued energy efficiency standards for fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. In 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was signed into law. The purpose was to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, and established new energy efficiency standards for buildings, vehicles, and products—including light bulbs. This Federal legislation requires manufacturers to produce certain household light bulbs that meet or exceed new energy efficiency standards as stated in EISA. The new standards are based on efficacy, and bulbs must meet new minimum Lumen per Watt (LPW) requirements.

Understanding light bulb efficiency standards

How will the Federal Energy Efficient Legislation affect you?

Light bulb efficiency standards will be phased in between 2012–2014 (California began one year earlier, starting in 2011) and require the use of more efficient light bulbs impacting many incandescent household and linear fluorescent bulbs. During this period, some of these bulbs will be discontinued and replaced by more efficient versions. You will still be able to purchase incandescent bulbs. They just need to be more efficient.

Lumens, a new way of looking at light

Lumens per Watt (LPW) is an expression of how many lumens we get from a light bulb compared to how much energy (wattage) we put in. The light bulb that produces the greatest number of lumens per one watt of energy is the most efficient bulb (similar to a car that can travel the furthest distance on a single gallon of gas is the most fuel efficient car). In the past we looked at wattage alone. Today’s bulbs are available in a variety of technologies, each with a different LPW. Look for lumens, not watts, to select the brightness of light that you prefer.

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Labeling laws for lighting

To help consumers understand light bulb efficiency, the EISA legislation directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to change its current labeling requirements for all medium-based general service incandescent, halogen, LED, and compact fluorescent bulbs. A new, consumer-friendly energy usage label, "Lighting Facts," is required on most light bulb packaging. These labels can help you choose the right energy-efficient bulbs for your needs. You can use these labels to select the brightness (lumens) and color temperature (light appearance) that you prefer, as well as see the annual energy cost of each bulb.

What light bulbs will be affected?
  • General service (household) incandescent and halogen bulbs
  • Incandescent and halogen reflectors
  • General service linear fluorescents

What light bulbs are exempt from the legislation?

Not all light bulbs are affected by the legislation. Click the link below for a list of light bulb types that are exempt from the legislation.

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What options do I have?

Philips broad range of energy efficient light bulbs can help you create an atmosphere in your home with the quality of light you love while saving energy.

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New standard, new light

Technical Terms

General Service Incandescent Bulbs are defined as standard incandescent or halogen type bulbs that:

  • Are intended for general service applications
  • Have a medium base
  • Have a lumen range of 310–2600 (40–100 Watts in today's wattages)
  • Are capable of operating at least partially in the range of 110–130 volts

Candela is the measurement of light intensity emitted by a light source in a specific direction

Lumens is the true measurement of light output and brightness.
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Lumens per watt (LPW) is an expression of how many lumens we get from a bulb compared to how much energy (wattage) we put in. The light bulb that produces the greatest number of lumens per one watt of energy is the most efficient bulb.
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Color rendering index (CRI) is the ability of a light bulb to show the colors of objects accurately on a scale of 0 to 100

  • As a general rule “the higher the better” – light bulbs with high CRI (80-100 CRI) tend to make people and objects look better than light bulbs with lower CRIs
  • Light sources with a 100 CRI are incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs, and outdoor sunlight
  • Good = 60–79 CRI, Better = 80–89 CRI, Best = 90–100 CRI
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Kelvin is the unit of measure for color temperature

Color temperature is a measure of the light bulb’s color when illuminated, and is measured in degrees Kelvin. The higher the number, the whiter, and then bluer, or cooler. The lower the number, the more yellow, or warmer, the color. The whiteness of the light itself creates a mood in the lighted space.

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So many ways to save

Beautiful, energy saving light. Lighting can have a powerful impact on your wallet and our environment.

Reduced energy usage

Lower wattage bulbs like Philips AmbientLED, EnergySaver compact fluorescents, and EcoVantage bulbs are direct replacements for energy guzzling incandescents that can save you money on your electric bills.


Philps offers exciting promotions to help start your savings. Check back frequently for the newest rebates.

Philips works with local utilities to bring you savings. Find a utility rebate near you.

Preserving our environment

You and your home can help the Earth sustain itself for future generations.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Philips firmly believes that corporate responsibility and community action play a key part in responding to today's energy challenges. At Philips transforming the way the world thinks and acts to reduce its ecological footprint has long been our passion. We meet the energy efficiency challenge with new solutions to drive responsible energy practices and savings—and by inspiring individuals to make simple changes that can have profound results, while still providing the high quality of light our customers require.

See the light

Worldwide, lighting consumes 19% of electricity.* But that figure can shrink dramatically. Today, homeowners have a variety of choices of energy efficient light bulbs that can save energy and last much longer than inefficient incandescent bulbs.

*Environmental News Network, "Let there be light – for the next 35 years the green
  gift that keeps on giving"
, 12/4/07. www.enn.com/energy/article/26500/print