Philips’ Flattens The Conventional Light Bulb

SlimStyle LED light source can last nearly a quarter of a century.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on December 17, 2013. @greenidealism

Philips continues to challenge the traditional lightbulb in new and exciting ways; their latest example being a lightbulb that has been flattened like a pancake. The SlimStyle is powered by an LED and has a brightness equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb, which means it consumes just 10.5 watts. Its lifetime is also an impressive 22 years, which means there won’t be many instances when you have to change it this century.

The lightbulb’s design look fairly normal from the front, but swivel it around and you can see its slimmed down profile. According to Mashable, the design makes it easier to screw in, and the exterior feels more like hard plastic than it does glass. The LED-based SlimStyle can also be dimmed, which is a feature lacking in some CFL bulbs.


LED lightbulbs will have a huge advantage in January when a new federal law goes into place that makes it illegal to manufacture or import traditional 60- or 40-watt incandescents. Speaking with Mashable, Sal Cangeloso, author of LED Lighting: A Primer to Lighting the Future said “We’re still not at the point of mass adoption — it’s not entirely clear where that is — but right now we have two significant factors coinciding: dropping prices and the the phase-out of 40W and 60W incandescents going into effect.”

The Philips SlimStyle bulb goes on sale January 2nd exclusively at


Source, images: Mashable

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