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World’s most energy efficient light bulb
Electronic Products ^ | 01/31/2013 | MELISSA SUE SORRELLS GALLEY

Posted on 02/06/2013 11:03:50 AM PST by null and void

NanoLight surpasses standard fluorescents and LEDs

It may look a little funny, but NanoLight is used to the stares. The futuristic-looking light bulb has an unconventional look big enough to match its unique energy-efficiency.


A 12-watt NanoLight in white.

The bulbs look a bit like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle, all sharp corners and seams, because that’s essentially what they are: several small circuit boards with LEDs connected that are cut to fit together. The loose, interconnected design allows the bulb to dissipate more heat than a standard bulb while also directing light in all directions.

“Most bulbs are hidden away in enclosures and never seen,” say NanoLight’s creators, Gimmy Chu, Tom Rodinger, and Christian Yan. “The look should not be important. In certain installations though, we think the NanoLight is quite fitting, offering a unique futuristic look. We can’t wait to see what people do with them.”

Currently, NanoLight comes in 10W and 12W bulbs. While the 10W uses 50% less energy than a compact fluorescent bulb with the same light output, the 12W is NanoLight’s breakthrough product. The bulb generates more than 1600 lumens, equivalent to a 100W incandescent light bulb. That works out to a little more than 133 lumens per watt — about 200% more efficient than other light bulbs on the market.


10-watt black NanoLight in a desk lamp.

Despite its incredible efficiency, both versions of NanoLight stay cool to the touch even after hours of use. And, unlike compact fluorescent lights, the NanoLight achieves full brightness the instant it is turned on, eliminating the slow, flickering effect.

The project almost immediately surpassed its $20,000 goal on Kickstarter with more than 2,000 backers pledging over $100,000. Until March 8, you can add your pledge to the campaign. A 10W bulb is available for a $30 pledge, while the 12W version requires a $45 pledge.

Despite their success, Chu, Rodinger, and Yan continue to improve on NanoLight. They’re working with a graphic designer on the possibility of printing artwork onto the bulb and are also developing a dimmable prototype of NanoLight.

To learn more about NanoLight, visit the Kickstarter page. ■


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Bizzaro World cubist lightbulb.

I like it!

1 posted on 02/06/2013 11:03:53 AM PST by null and void
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To: null and void

My Tiffany lamps wouldn’t appreciate these.


2 posted on 02/06/2013 11:07:20 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: null and void

What is the ROI on this $45 replacement for a $1 100W incandescent? Will I live long enough to benefit from it?


3 posted on 02/06/2013 11:13:57 AM PST by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: null and void

LED’s ...or some sort of P-N-P junction


4 posted on 02/06/2013 11:18:13 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: bjc

That depends on the future cost of energy and your expected life time under Obama care...


5 posted on 02/06/2013 11:23:02 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: bjc

Who needs ROI when you will have the hipest bulb daddy-0. this like really swings ya dig?


6 posted on 02/06/2013 11:23:13 AM PST by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: bjc
I was wondering same thing. According to a "cost calculator" I found here, assuming the cost of electricity they provide, the cost of running a 100 watt bulb for 40 hours a week over a year is $127.02. While the cost of running a 12 watt bulb would be $15.24.

So roughly speaking, if the 12 watt bulb lasts 6 months its paid for itself..although this may vary depending on how much time you have it on in a week and much electricity costs for you.

7 posted on 02/06/2013 11:24:51 AM PST by AndyTheBear
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To: null and void

Id almost agree with you but a true bizzaro world appliance would make the room dark. but this does have the angles.


8 posted on 02/06/2013 11:25:43 AM PST by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: bjc
What is the ROI on this $45 replacement for a $1 100W incandescent? Will I live long enough to benefit from it?

The ROI is excellent when your neighbors pay for it, and you get an exemption from the President in return for a small political contribution.

9 posted on 02/06/2013 11:26:29 AM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: Gasshog

Did you notice the black bulb in the desk lamp fixture, hmmmm?


10 posted on 02/06/2013 11:28:05 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: null and void

The bulb when produced for sale will cost $10 a watt!!!


11 posted on 02/06/2013 11:31:33 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: null and void

I think I will wait until the cost comes down.

By the way when one LED goes bad do they all stop coming on?
Or do they just go out one at a time until they all expire?


12 posted on 02/06/2013 11:39:54 AM PST by Venturer
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To: tallyhoe

Check your calculations, it’s $3.00-3.75/watt for the pre-production prototype.


13 posted on 02/06/2013 11:40:48 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: bjc

I can do that math. Stand by.


14 posted on 02/06/2013 11:44:26 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Of the government, by the government, and for the government.)
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To: null and void

Yes but I got rid of all my blacklight posters years ago. some were very Bizzare indeed!


15 posted on 02/06/2013 11:46:10 AM PST by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: Venturer; AndyTheBear

No idea. OTOH, they expect a typical LED to last 25,000 to 100,000 hours. Roughly 3-11 years.

If AndyTheBear’s figures are correct, even at the low end it will have paid for itself 5 or 6 times over.

What they don’t say is effective color temperature or CRI. Are they warm, daylight, cool or what?


16 posted on 02/06/2013 11:50:08 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: bjc

I get 23% per year in a 10 year analysis.

Assumptions:

1) KWH / Year: 1,142, Department Of Energy
2) Cost / KWH: $0.1153, Average U.S., ElectricChoice.com
3) Cost / bulb: $1 v. $45
4) Watts: 100 v. 12

Standby for a breakeven period.


17 posted on 02/06/2013 11:54:46 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Of the government, by the government, and for the government.)
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To: Ouderkirk

An LED IS a P-N junction!..........


18 posted on 02/06/2013 11:55:48 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Payback Period occurs at about the end of Year 4, non-discounted cash flows.


19 posted on 02/06/2013 11:57:10 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Of the government, by the government, and for the government.)
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To: null and void
Did you notice the black bulb in the desk lamp fixture, hmmmm?

That's for the hippie demographic, and CSI TV shows.

20 posted on 02/06/2013 12:01:24 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (What difference does it make (if they eat cake)?)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Assuming the bulb is on ~20 hrs a week?


21 posted on 02/06/2013 12:02:39 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: null and void

22 hours per week, the U.S. Average.

Your mileage may vary. ;-)


22 posted on 02/06/2013 12:07:16 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Of the government, by the government, and for the government.)
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To: AndyTheBear
According to a “cost calculator” I found here, assuming the cost of electricity they provide, the cost of running a 100 watt bulb for 40 hours a week over a year is $127.02. While the cost of running a 12 watt bulb would be $15.24.

I used the same calculator. 40 hours a week comes out to 5.7 hours per day, I put in the national average of $.11 per kilowatt hour. Your cost calculator said that the cost to run a 100 watt light bulb for a year was $20. If you had your 100 watt light bulb running 24 hours a day for a year... the cost would still be only $96.36. What figures did you input?

http://www.citytrf.net/costs_calculator.htm

I am a big fan of LED flash lights, but I don't think that they make good sense yet for interior lighting. But if Comrade Obama gets his way and out rates "necessarily skyrocket" they may pencil out better in the future.

23 posted on 02/06/2013 12:08:30 PM PST by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: Red Badger

and does the addition of the other P make it a PNP transistor or something like that.
I remeber some thing from basic tr theory at the NATC as Not Pointed in and Pointed in


24 posted on 02/06/2013 12:09:08 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

Click for semiconductor physics tutorials

25 posted on 02/06/2013 12:14:17 PM PST by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: Venturer

The problem is not that the LEDs go bad one at a time, but that the Chinese electronics fails and the whole thing goes out.


26 posted on 02/06/2013 12:14:57 PM PST by Western Phil
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To: null and void

It looks like one of these Chinese “cottage industry” products. They send out boxes of parts to peasants who hand-assemble them in their own homes. All twisting-wires and snap-together assembly, no soldering.

Hard to believe that mass mechanized production wouldn’t be cheaper, but the people have to have something to do, right? The LED’s are probably made at some factory set up by a Western company and these are just the ones that fell off of the back of the truck.


27 posted on 02/06/2013 12:18:10 PM PST by Empire_of_Liberty
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To: Sacajaweau
My Tiffany lamps wouldn’t appreciate these.

Changing the cube surfaces from 'white' to 'mirrored' would make a big difference in their 'look'.

28 posted on 02/06/2013 12:30:22 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (What difference does it make (if they eat cake)?)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Given your assumptions my numbers are in close agreement with yours. I get about 3.8 years.

Given the low end 25,000 hour estimated life, it would last about 22 years.

That would save you about $260 in energy costs assuming the current rates don’t go up.

Given Chinese manufacturing quality? You’d about break even...


29 posted on 02/06/2013 12:31:11 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: AndyTheBear
.....the cost of running a 100 watt bulb for 40 hours a week over a year is $127.02.

I must be missing something somewhere (like brain cells, I'm told!). My kilowatt hour is 10.4 cents. A 100 watt bulb will burn a kilowatt in 10 hours. That's 10.4 cents (+ tax....). 40 hours a week would be 41.6 cents. Times 52 (for a year) would be $21.63. For a regular 100 watt incandescent bulb.

Did I calculate wrong? BTW, 75 watt is the brightest we use, except for porch lights. Normally, it's a 60 watter in each light fixture.

30 posted on 02/06/2013 12:33:32 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: null and void

I should have said, “About the end of the fourth year in use”, which is exactly 3.793 years by my calculations. We disagree by 23 hours.

:-)


31 posted on 02/06/2013 12:48:33 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Of the government, by the government, and for the government.)
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To: t1b8zs

PNP & NPN are transistors. A single PN junction is a Diode.......


32 posted on 02/06/2013 12:48:47 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: AndyTheBear

It’s great for applications when you want constant on - 168 hours per week.


33 posted on 02/06/2013 12:52:55 PM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: AndyTheBear

It’s great for applications when you want constant on - 168 hours per week.


34 posted on 02/06/2013 12:53:48 PM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Uncle Miltie

3.796848188 by mine.


35 posted on 02/06/2013 12:55:36 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: fireman15; All
Oh my bad...I put 40 hours in the "per day"! Some how I read it as "per week"! Good catch Fireman. I used the 8.7 cost per killowat hour they had by default.

Revised with an 8 hour "day"...it takes $25.40 per year for the 100 watt standard and $3.05 for the 12 watt LED...so we are looking at maybe 2 years rather than 6 months to get your investment back if the LED is around 45 bucks.

36 posted on 02/06/2013 1:03:12 PM PST by AndyTheBear
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To: null and void

You’re living up to the accuracy of your name.

Being Uncle Miltie, my answer is close enough. The decreasing returns to the marginal effort applied to achieve more accuracy are not worth the marginal gains.

:-)


37 posted on 02/06/2013 1:12:50 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Of the government, by the government, and for the government.)
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To: null and void

I bought the biggest LED light bulb in Home Depot to try out on my reading lamp. It was hideously expensive and didn’t put near enough light to read by.

Keep trying. Meanwhile, I’m sticking with incandescent.


38 posted on 02/06/2013 1:18:43 PM PST by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: null and void

Emp or brownouts will kill an Led quickly


39 posted on 02/06/2013 1:31:34 PM PST by Eye of Unk (AR2 2013 is the American Revolution part 2 of 2013)
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To: AndyTheBear

The payback period is a lot faster than anyone’s suggesting, because no one’s taking into account the heat produced by incandescent bulbs, which requires costly air conditioning to remove.


40 posted on 02/06/2013 1:42:27 PM PST by Romulus
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To: bjc

I have a couple of hard-to-reach fixtures for which I will happily pay a premium for longer-lived bulbs. I switched to CFLs long before big brother told me to. I replaced the first one with a LED bulb six months ago. Would’ve done it sooner but the lumens were still too low. A 60 watt incandescent equivalent finally arrived in my neighborhood hardware store last fall, and the clerks tell me they fly off the shelf as fast as they come in. It seems I’m not the only cranky old man who will be happy if he never has to change another high light.


41 posted on 02/06/2013 1:53:39 PM PST by sphinx
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To: Uncle Miltie

That’s why I stopped at 3.8 years originally.


42 posted on 02/06/2013 1:55:35 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: null and void

These really save a ton of money on power costs. In addition to using these in lamps and ceiling lights we bought forty par 38 equivalent LED's for our museum replacing all of the 75 and 90 watt halogen's. Our $500 light bill went to $200. Now after three years none have failed. A savings of $300 monthly for 36 months? Do the math.... We spent $40 each. I suspect they will last ten-fifteen years.

I look forward to trying out these new products as well.

43 posted on 02/06/2013 2:14:23 PM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Romulus
The payback period is a lot faster than anyone’s suggesting, because no one’s taking into account the heat produced by incandescent bulbs, which requires costly air conditioning to remove.

Are you sure that it is significant enough to consider? But moreover what about heating savings in the winter? And wouldn't hot weather which needs AC be correlated with more sunshine and thus less need to have the light on...so perhaps the incandescent bulb is on more often when the building has the heating system going than when it has the ac going.

44 posted on 02/06/2013 3:15:35 PM PST by AndyTheBear
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To: null and void

That first photo looks exactly like it was cobbled together out of pegboard.


45 posted on 02/06/2013 3:16:05 PM PST by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: Tarantulas
Close...


46 posted on 02/06/2013 3:21:02 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: AndyTheBear

Maybe some places. Not where I live.


47 posted on 02/06/2013 6:18:24 PM PST by Romulus
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