Last year, Signify introduced the first Philips Class A LED bulb, which consumes up to 60% less energy compared to a standard LED bulb. Now it follows up on this technological innovation and comes with a highly efficient LED tube, MASTER LEDtube UE. It, like the aforementioned LED bulb, meets the strictest criteria of class A according to the updated EU regulation on labeling with energy labels. According to the latest rules, a light source must have an energy efficiency of at least 210 lm/W in order to be labeled with the highest rating, class A.

An average small business with 100 conventional fluorescent lamps would save approximately CZK 335,000 per year by switching to the Philips MASTER LEDtube UE class A source. With a lifespan of 100,000 hours, the new LED tube lasts five times longer than its regular MASTER TL-D counterpart. This eliminates the need for regular replacement, which increases cost savings and at the same time reduces the amount of waste.

"Through extensive innovation, we've created our most energy-efficient LED tube yet, at a time when it's needed more than ever," says Michael Rombouts, Business Leader LED Lamps & Luminaires at Signify. "Especially in industry, warehouses, offices, schools and retail spaces where all-day lighting is required, switching to high-efficiency LED sources can significantly reduce lighting-related energy consumption."

Sustainability is one of the focal points of Signify's long-term strategy and is also a key element of the new product design process. Compared to a conventional fluorescent lamp, the new Philips MASTER LEDtube UE LED tube can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 2,285 kg during its lifetime, which is equivalent to the emissions absorbed by more than 100 trees.

Signify has long advocated the transition from classic fluorescent lighting to more environmentally friendly LED. Since the amended EU RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) directive prohibits, among other things, the production of linear fluorescent lamps from August 2023, high-performance LED tubes play an increasingly important role.

"As part of our effort to have the most energy-efficient portfolio across technologies, we continue to expand our offering of highly efficient products. With the ultra-efficient GU10 LED spotlights, which will be available in September, and the currently available LED bulbs and LED tubes, our portfolio is suitable for all uses,” says Michael Rombouts.

More information about Philips' portfolio of high-efficiency LED bulbs and tubes can be found here

The calculation is based on 100 x 58W fluorescent lamps with a lifespan of 20,000 hours vs. 100 x 17.6W ultra-efficient LED tubes with a lifespan of 100,000 hours; EUR 0.29 per hour of energy; EUR 5 for replacing one fluorescent lamp; 8760 hours of lighting per year. Exchange rate: €1 = CZK 24.50.

The calculation is based on CO2 emissions of 0.42 kg/kWh.

Based on extensive scientific literature, an average fully grown tree can absorb 22 kg of CO2 per year.