An Eco TV? Philips 42PFL5603D/27 42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV is first out of the gate.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 29, 2008
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I want a big cool flat panel TV. I’m a mindful consumer, however—I like to buy stuff that’s gonna minimize toxic metals in our earth and water supply, and that’s not gonna suck energy out of my walls like there’s no tomorrow (which, if we keep consuming mind-less-ly, is something of a possibility). Here’s the best I’ve found, with a little help from my good buddy Mister Google. 

For that strange little cross section of environmentalist and videophile, there is a high definition TV out there for you. I’m talking about the recently launched, CES award-winning Philips 42PFL5603D Flat TV 42″, better known as the Eco TV. The problem is that you may never hear about it.

The set is RoHS compliant, meaning it is virtually free of the six major heavy metals including lead, mercury and cadmium that are a danger to your health and the environment. It also uses less energy by dimming in response to ambient light and using a mere 0.15W on standby. The packaging and manuals use recycled material for a nice touch. The set runs in full 1080p and uses Philips Pixel Plus HD technology to remove artifacts so you’ll always get a nice image. And at $1399.99, the set is comparably priced.

Sounds great, right?

“Now check out the Philips site for the set. You’re see that “this eco-friendly TV delivers powerful performance while conserving our future,” but you won’t find anything about RoHS compliance, recycling packaging, or even the ambient light technology. Only if you dig through the tech specs will you find the sub-watt standby power.

Why a company would put such effort into making an environmentally smart HDTV and say next to nothing about it is puzzling. These features set the TV apart in the overwhelming field of HDTV. Philips also decided to officially go with the catchy name 42PFL5603D Flat TV 42″, only including Eco TV as an aside. Can you imagine the RAZR being called the 574F32R5 Cell Phone, or more fittingly, the Prius being called the 654FJ0W Hatchback?

A few more important details and some branding imagination and Philips could have a hit on its hands. It would also increase the company’s green image and promote environmental awareness on a scale as global as Philips.”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “An Eco TV? Philips 42PFL5603D/27 42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV is first out of the gate.”

  1. via Gen Green:

    New Sony TV Will be Eco “Sensitive”
    by Beth Buczynski
    Ever feel like electronics are taking over in their quest to make life “easier?” Every day humans become more dependent, more attached to these devices that organize, communicate, and almost, think for us. But, if they can help the average consumer conserve energy without having to think about, is it really a bad thing? Sony’s on a quest to find out.

    This summer the entertainment giant will release the BRAVIA VE5-series models which will offer substantial power savings thanks to a zero-watt standby power switch, along with motion and light sensors that minimize energy usage without compromising performance.

    That’s right folks, the TV will sense a lack of movement in the room and turn itself off to save energy.

    We’ve all done it, wandered into the kitchen to make a snack, taken a phone call or, heaven forbid, gone outside and left the box on, blaring its technicolor waves to an empty room. The BRAVIA VE5 aims to put an end to that forever.

    According to a January 7 press release, “the VE5 models are also Sony’s first LCD televisions to offer a zero-watt standby Energy Saving Switch. When not in use, the standby switch can also be manually turned off, cutting power to nearly zero watts. Simply flip the switch back on and the TV is fully operational.”

    Fabulous! Now, at least for one appliance, it seems that the horrifying phantom emissions (electricity used even when an appliance is switched off, but still plugged in) will be eliminated along with the guilt of not unplugging everything every time you leave the house.

    Of course, some questions remain to be answered. Like, how long does it wait to turn off? How sensitive is the sensor? Will it turn off if you’re just sitting very still? (And the big one…) How much will it cost?

    Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  2. Evan Ravitz says:

    It’s better, but large-screens suck power. Click on the “Specifications” tab and then the “Power” tab. Here’s what you see:

    Power consumption 265 W
    Standby power consumption < 1 W

    265 Watts is 230 watts more than my new 19″ monitor and 145 more than my old 19″ tube TV use.

    The higher standby consumption of most sets can be reduced to zero by plugging into a power strip and turning that off when not in use, which Elephant promoted a couple of years ago.

    You’ll have to choose: luxury or “sustainability” (and ultimately survival.)

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