In an new environmental report published today, Apple has detailed the HomePod’s power consumption, highlighting that its new smart speaker consumes less power than an average ENERGY STAR certified LED household light bulb during music playback (via MacRumors).
The comparison is true, as a classic-shaped A-series LED bulb typically draws around 9-10 watts, while the HomePod draws around 8.74 watts with 115V of line voltage during music playback at 50 percent volume. Of course, power will vary depending on the volume. The environmental report includes a chart with a complete breakdown of the HomePod’s power consumption based on different line voltages.
According to the environmental report, the energy efficient HomePod automatically enters a low power mode after eight minutes of inactivity, drawing between only 1.71 and 1.76 watts of power in this mode. Apple notes that the HomePod outperforms the stringent requirements of the ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Audio/Video Version 3.0, consuming 50 percent less than the allowable energy for low power mode.
Apple also highlights that the HomePod is free of brominated flame retardants, PVC, and beryllium, and adds that 100 percent of its packaging fibers are sourced from responsibly managed forests or recycled paper.
You can read the full report in .PDF on Apple’s website.