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Light bulb with 20-year life unveiled in US on Earth Day
二十年壽命的燈泡於地球日在美推出

This handout image provided on April 22 by Dutch electronics giant Philips shows a prize-winning, super energy saving LED bulb from Philips.
這張四月二十二日由荷蘭電子巨擘飛利浦提供的照片,是其生產的得獎超節能LED燈泡。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

A prize-winning, super energy saving LED bulb from Dutch electronics giant Philips, said to last over 20 years, went on sale online and in stores on April 22 to coincide with Earth Day.

The bulb that won the 2011 US Department of Energy’s “Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize,” was available from retailers for US$50 (about NT$1,500), and the company said it was planning discounts to bring the cost down to as little as US$25 to US$30.

The 10-watt light bulb was deemed an efficient alternative to the standard 60-watt incandescent bulb, and when used three hours a day, boasted an impressive 27.4 years maximum life span, the company said.

For consumers attentive to cost, Philips said the price tag was easily offset by energy savings of US$165 over its lifetime.

“Because the new bulb is 83 percent more energy efficient than the standard 60-watt incandescent [bulb], consumers can now experience new savings for their pocketbooks,” Philips’ North America executive Ed Crawford said.

International Earth Day, now in its 42nd year, was celebrated by environmentalists on Sunday, seeking to bring attention to climate change and pollution, and highlight ways to save energy.

(AFP)

一款荷蘭電子巨擘飛利浦生產的得獎、超省電,並據說可維持逾二十年的發光二極體燈泡,在四月二十二日的地球日,於網路及實體商店開賣。

這款奪得二○一一年美國能源部「點亮明天照明獎」的燈泡,零售價格為五十美元(約新台幣一千五百元),該公司指出,計畫推出折扣,以便將售價降低到二十五至三十美元。

這款十瓦燈泡被認為是標準六十瓦白熾燈的有效替代品,而當每日使用三小時,最長壽命可達令人讚嘆的二十七點四年,該公司說。

鑒於消費者關切價格,飛利浦說,燈泡使用期間可節能省下一百六十五美元,該售價很輕易的就被抵銷。

「由於這款新燈泡比標準的六十瓦白熾燈節能百分之八十三,消費者現在就能體驗新的省荷包方式,」飛利浦北美地區高階主管艾德.克勞福說。

國際地球日現已第四十二屆,環保人士於週日慶祝該節日,希冀喚起對氣候變遷、污染的關注,並凸顯節能的方式。

(法新社/翻譯:魏國金)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. coincide with v. phr.

相符;一致 (xiang1 fu2; yi2 zhi4)

例: Her vocation coincides with her avocation.

(她的職業恰好與她的愛好相符。)

2. be attentive to v. phr.

留意的 (liu2 yi4 de5)

例: He is attentive to what he is doing.

(他對正在做的事情很專心。)

3. offset v.

補償;抵銷 (bu3 chang2; di3 xiao1)

例: The gains offset the losses.

(得失相抵。)


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