Skip to comments.World’s most energy efficient light bulb
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 thats 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 NanoLights 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 cant 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 NanoLights 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. Theyre 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. ■
I like it!
My Tiffany lamps wouldn’t appreciate these.
What is the ROI on this $45 replacement for a $1 100W incandescent? Will I live long enough to benefit from it?
LED’s ...or some sort of P-N-P junction
That depends on the future cost of energy and your expected life time under Obama care...
Who needs ROI when you will have the hipest bulb daddy-0. this like really swings ya dig?
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.
Id almost agree with you but a true bizzaro world appliance would make the room dark. but this does have the angles.
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.
Did you notice the black bulb in the desk lamp fixture, hmmmm?
The bulb when produced for sale will cost $10 a watt!!!
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?
Check your calculations, it’s $3.00-3.75/watt for the pre-production prototype.
I can do that math. Stand by.
Yes but I got rid of all my blacklight posters years ago. some were very Bizzare indeed!
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?
I get 23% per year in a 10 year analysis.
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.
An LED IS a P-N junction!..........
Payback Period occurs at about the end of Year 4, non-discounted cash flows.
That's for the hippie demographic, and CSI TV shows.