Less energy-consuming lights that will last for twenty years are said to become available later this year. Light-emitting diodes are not hot news, but this type of lighting technology is a true breakthrough.
According to an article on Big Green Technology, US firm General Electric, Dutch company Philips and UK-based Sylvania presented their latest top-notch products at the Light Fair industry conference which took place in Las Vegas.
These new types of lights will produce as much light as a 100-watt incandescent light.
Philips’ LPrize LED is a bit pricey but consumes only 9.7 watts while giving off the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent light.
The new EnduraLED, also by Philips, is an equivalent to a 100-watt incandescent bulb but consumes nearly four times less energy.
The new Philips and Sylvania products are said to become available in stores later this year.
GE’s latest breakthrough product will be available early next year. Their 9-watt LED bulb is currently available in stores and is made to replace a 40-watt incandescent light.
All three products are designed and created to last more than 20 years, if used about three hours per day.
LEDs generally last for up to 100,000 hours, while traditional incandescent light-bulbs last up to 1000 hours and compact fluorescent lamps’ (CFLs) 15,000 hours.
LED’s are energy efficient and use up to 90% less energy in comparison with traditional incandescent lights. Their long lifespan and low energy consumption makes them cost-effective and attractive.
One of the main challenges troubling LED lighting manufacturers is waste heat produced by the bulb itself. The new Philips LED light bulb uses an active “synthetic jet” technology that creates an air flow inside the lamp which creates a cooling air current.
In the past, LEDs were mostly used for spotlights and flashlights because manufacturers faced another tiresome obstacle: how to create an omnidirectional light– how to make a bulb that gives off light in all directions?
That particular problem has been solved. LEDs are made from a semiconductor material and have the ability to emit much more light for the same amount of electricity and in all directions.
LEDs are the most efficient light source available today, mostly due to the solid state technology, meaning they have no moving parts, no filament breakage and no glass.
Traditional incandescent lights will soon be completely out of the picture as more and more manufacturers announce they will no longer continue production of traditional incandescent bulbs.