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The world needs energy efficient 
and digital light


Philips Lighting has been around for over a century, during this time innovation has been central to the company. Driving innovation through energy efficient and digital light, having the world embrace the values that Philips Lighting delivered throughout the century, positively aiding to people’s lives. This is reflected in our impressive product development timeline including our drive for energy efficiency, throughout the 125 years that Philips Lighting has been in existence.. A great example of this was Xenon lighting, a way of lighting that greatly increased the safety on roads where the wellbeing of our customers was the key driving factor. Find out more about our evolution in this timeline which will give you a clear picture of how our products have transformed to the modern day and the age of LED lighting.

1892 First Philips Lightbulb


The first Philips lightbulb is where everything started, marking the beginning of Philips’ dedication to innovation. First produced in 1892, this was the starting point and poses as the beginning of a very beautiful and fruitful journey of Philips Lighting.

1892 First Philips Lightbulb

1910-1920 Metal Filament Lamp


Philips Lighting’s first foray into providing households with lighting was the introduction of the Metal Filament Lamp with improved light output compared to before, already establishing Philips’ dedication to lighting.

1910-1920 Metal Filament Lamp

1913 Philips Halfwatt


After introducing the Halfwatt in 1913, which was twice as efficient than the previous Tungsten lamp, Philips felt so confident about the product that Philips offered to replace all lamps in the famous shopping street in Amsterdam, Kalverstraat.

1913 Philips Halfwatt

1915 Philips Arga lamp


Along with the technology found in the halfwatt, Philips Lighting brought the Arga lamp to the public in 1915 which brought a whole new level of bright lighting to households and also exceeding the durability available than before, putting emphasis on improving people’s daily lives.

1917 Philips Arga lamp

1928 Philips duo saving bulb


Continually finding new and better ways of saving energy and increasing the durability of lightbulbs, Philips launched the duo savings lamp in 1928 which combined ever brighter lighting with improved energy efficiency, also adding two strings to adjust lighting needs, providing value to customers in both functionality and efficiency.

1929 Philips duo savings lamp

1923 Philips Neon Lights


Philips produced the neon letters in 1923 and has always held dear to its country of origin. In 1935 Philips redecorated the famous Rembrandt Theater in Amsterdam, letting it shine with more beauty by providing the Neon lights to light up the building.

1935 Philips Neon Lights

1938 Philips TL Lights


The 1940s started to experience the rise of the TL lights, where Philips showed its determination to innovate by incorporating this groundbreaking new technology within their lighting portfolio. Philips TL lights went mass market and could be found in factories and homes alike all over the world!

1949 Philips TL Lights

1946-1956 Philips Infrared lights


The discovery of Infrared lighting had a heavy impact on various industries as it provided the opportunity for more innovation. For example, did you know that Philips Lighting Infrared lights were being used to incubate and breed chickens in coops and also to treat muscular pain?

1956 Philips Infrared lights

1965 Professional halogen lamps


Using halogen Lamps technology, Philips Lighting managed to create smaller and more compact lights that could be used in a wide variety of applications from projectors to car headlights, providing better options to fullfill different needs.

1968 Professional halogen lamps

1991 QL induced lamp


The QL induction technology enabled the life of lamps to be extended significantly. Philips Lighting was the first on the market in Europe and the US to provide this new long-lasting innovation.

1991 QL induced lamp

1997 Philips Ecotone, IF Design award winner


Not only did the Philips Ecotone energy saving lamp increase efficiency and lamp life, it also proved to be worthy of an award winning candidate for the 1997 IF Design award.

1997 Philips Ecotone savingslight, IF Design award winner

2007 LED Livingcolors


The LED Livingcolors released in 2007 brought the power of creative lighting to homes by allowing consumers to redecorate and revolutionize their spaces the way they see fit at the click of a button. This step into customizable color lights marked the beginning of a revolution of lighting beyond illumination.

2007 LED Livingcolors

2007 Xenon car lighting


Lighting and safety go hand in hand, Philips Lighting introduced Xenon car lights to the automotive sector delivering obvious improvement in light quality and visibility. Great emphasis on road safety while enhancing comfort on the road.

2007 Xenon car lighting

2013 First prototype TLED


In 2013, Philips created the first prototype for the TLED, a new form of light using LED technology to illuminate offices and work spaces.

2013 First prototype tLED by Rifat Hikmet

2013 Philips Hue


Philips Hue takes lighting up your home beyond illumination, by offering flexibility and personalization like nothings else, allowing you to truly experience personal lighting. This has revolutionized what’s possible with creating your own personal lighting experience. Philips Hue is truly one of a kind.

2013 Philips Hue
2013 Philips Hue