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January 13, 2014 - Replacing fluorescent tube lighting with LED technology, InstantFit LED T8 lamps can be installed within seconds and without requiring any re-wiring into fluorescent fixtures that use electronic instant start ballasts. Smart electronic design is compatible with existing electronic instant start ballasts and sockets. Suitable for general lighting, lamps produce 200 lm/W of white light.

New InstantFit LED T8 from Philips Slashes Conversion Cost and Time to Replace Fluorescent Tubes with LED Technology

Philips Semiconductors Div., Royal Philips Electronics
811 E. Arques Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA, 94088

Press release date: January 8, 2014

- LED tubes save over 40 percent in lighting related energy costs- combined with their long lifetime, facility managers can recover their investment in just one to three years
- Installers will replace fluorescent tubes within seconds - Philips' InstantFit LED T8 is compatible with most fluorescent fixtures using electronic instant start ballasts, without re-wiring
- Speed and simplicity in installation mean less business disruption and cost - an average supermarket can now switch to LED lighting in less than four days instead of four weeks[1

SOMERSET, N.J. -- Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting, today announced the introduction of their new InstantFit LED T8 that reduces the cost for facility managers replacing fluorescent tube lighting with energy efficient LED technology, known as LED tube lamps (TLEDs). TLEDs use up to 40 percent less energy compared to linear fluorescent tube lighting and require less maintenance due to their long lifetime.

Philips has led the way in designing an instantaneous 'click-to-fit' LED retrofit alternative for linear electronic instant start fluorescent tube lighting. Currently, installers need to re-wire the ballast to replace linear fluorescent tubes with TLEDs[2. This is due to a wide variety of electronic ballasts that exist in fluorescent tube lamps today. The Philips InstantFit LED replacement tube requires no re-wiring as it includes a smart electronic design that is compatible with existing electronic instant start ballasts and sockets. The result is a dramatic reduction in the time it takes to change from fluorescent to TLED lighting - from over 20 minutes per fixture to a matter of seconds and an equally dramatic reduction in installation costs.

''We studied the process for replacing fluorescent tubes with LED technology step by step to tackle those issues that dissuade facility managers and installers from making the switch. We found speed and simplicity were key,'' said Rene van Schooten, CEO Light Sources and Electronics at Philips Lighting.

Ramon Silvero, product manager of the lighting department at Gas Natural Fenosa, a Spanish natural gas utility company, said, "The savings made are spectacular." Mariano Herranz, maintenance technician at Gas Natural Fenosa added, "Using the new LED tube does not need any special operation. You just substitute the old tube for a new LED one."

Philips estimates that the installed base for fluorescent tube lighting today amounts to 12 billion (lamp) sockets globally. Linear fluorescent tube lighting with instant start ballast is one of the most common types of general lighting used in shops, offices and industrial spaces. In the United States, the estimated square footage of office space alone that could be positively impacted by installing the InstantFit solution is 7.4 billion square feet[3. So, the opportunity for energy and costs savings is huge. If current fluorescent lighting was replaced by TLED lamps globally it would result in savings of over 55 billion dollars in energy costs or the equivalent of energy generated by 210 medium sized power plants[4.

The InstantFit breakthrough is a new milestone in Philips' innovation record for the TLED market. In April 2013, Philips announced the creation of the world's most energy-efficient lamp suitable for general lighting, unveiling an LED tube replacement prototype that produces a record 200 lumens per watt of high-quality white light (compared with 100lm/W for fluorescent lighting) without compromising on light quality.

Philips' InstantFit LED replacement tube will be available in the first quarter of 2014. Visit for more detailed information about availability.

About Royal Philips:
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs approximately 114,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at

[1 Calculated on the basis of an average sized supermarket that is typically equipped with approximately 1,000 double-tube fixtures and taking an average of 2 minutes to replace which includes every step from unpacking to installing, including positioning and climbing of ladders. The actual physical tube replacement takes a matter of seconds.
[2 For optimal operation and maximum lifetime, LEDs need a constant current, which is the main task of a driver
[3 Source: Philips
[4 Source: Philips

CONTACT: Silvie Casanova, Philips Lighting, Tel: 781-879-0692, E-mail:
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