Philips has been given an award for its 12W LED bulb, a replacement for the 60 W incandescent bulb which was banned last month.

The American Lighting Association  has awarded the new Philips 60 watt-equivalent LED replacement lamp as the best LED replacement lamp in the US A19 class.

Marketed in the United States as the EnduraLED A19, the award was announced in Las Vegas during the ALA’s annual conference. Twelve other lamp companies were vying for the award. The award was judged by independent US lighting industry experts such as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the California Lighting Technology Center.

In Europe  the bulb is branded 12W MASTER LED in the commercial sector and as 12W MyAmbiance in the domestic arena.

Eyes on the prize

Our pick of the hottest lamp and gear developments this month…

CFL/halogen hybrid

GE has unveiled a GLS lookalike that combines CFL with halogen in a bid to address consumer dissatisfaction with the run-up time of CFL. The idea is that the halogen capsule inside the hybrid lamp comes on instantly, allowing it to operate noticeably brighter in less than a half a second.