Posts Tagged ‘Switch Light Bulbs’

Nostalgic for that Old Edison Bulb? Comfort(of a kind) and Energy Efficiency in Good Design

January 3, 2012

Panasonic has released a dandy looking light bulb for the future.  It looks a lot like something from the past.  Certainly LED light bulbs have their place in our lighting future as they already do in our present.  Cree  has certainly topped our charts here at GreenHomes America, especially when it comes to recessed down lighting. 

As expected, the Pansonic LED Nostalgic Clear, promises a long life at 40,000 hours and significant energy savings at 4.4w over 20W (for a CFL) with an A-Energy rating.  At 2700k Panasonic claims the bulb produces a soft warm light, and overall it is fairly compact.

I’ve mentioned the Switch bulb which I think looks pretty neat  even when off, but with this one, your interior decorating scheme might be a bit more industrial. 

 Let’s face it, sometimes you can see the light bulb and who wants to look at some clunky piece of technology from the 1980’s Battlestar Galactica days?  I do like the look of the Panasonic Nostalgic Clear.   

The frontier is still multi-directional, bright lighting; something as yet not done well by LED lighting overall, and I am sure is lacking in this Panasonic bulb as well.  Gerry Negley, Cree’s CTO has said, “I don’t know what lighting will look like in the 21st century. I can tell you it will not be constrained with shapes and technology of the past.  It will not look like a traditional light bulb.”  Can’t wait to see, but for now give me something familiar to light the way.

LED lighting moves past just a bright idea: it helps to improves lives

September 27, 2011

I keep seeing new ideas and activity with lighting. 

 To my pleasant surprise I was just in a home with retrofit lighting, with both a CFL bulbs, and LED bulbs.   I liked the LED better.  (And you’ve probably heard Mike rave about them.)   Light Emitting Diode lighting is making great headway.  In an earlier post I briefly mentioned Switch light bulbs which look pretty cool even when they are off.

There’s more than a good looking light to this technology.  The New York Times reported today  about a non profit orginization  D-
Rev
which has designed a light therapy product called Brilliance for infants suffering from jaundice.  Not a life threatening situation for all, but in resource poor countries, technology like this may make a big difference.  Untreated, jaundice can lead to deafness and brain damage.

The key to Brilliance and the use of LED’s is that the lighting lasts longer and uses half the wattage of the specialty CFL’s a similar device needs.  It costs less, saves more.  That’s something in which we can all see the benefit, and it’s at the heart of what I love about energy-efficiency.  Done well, it can be about doing more with less.   I’ll talk more about this new technology and what it means to all of us in future weeks, from what it is, why it’s better and some advances that might surprise you.   

In the meantime, as readers here now, energy-efficiency in your home isn’t about “shivering in the dark”, but just the opposite.  It’s about staying more comfortable, safer, with better lighting, while wasting less energy.

image from http://d-rev.org/projects/brilliance/gallery.html

Easy-Bake Oven loses its bulb with 100-watt phase-out

September 14, 2011

 This brings back memories of the little baked cakes my sister would make.  It amazed me that a little plastic toy with a light bulb inside could actually make a cake.  Patience was always tried since it seemed to take forever, but I guess 15 minutes isn’t really that long though.

Surely a sign of the times, lights out for the 100 watt light bulb.  In the United States, 100 watt bulbs will be the first to go by next year.  So the easy bake oven gets a new retro design and a heating element like a regular oven.  My guess is it’s not any more efficient, but hey it’s baking a cake!  That’s important work.  As matter of fact it’s a bigger baking area so I hope it’s at least better insulated.

What this really brings to mind is the importance of lighting and how we are seeing many new opportunities.  CFL’s are a good option. LED’s are even better.  We’ve talked about CREE lighting before.  There are also LED light bulbs available, and by next year some promise a replacement for the burnt out 100watt incandescent such as Switch light bulbs.   I guess we will see.

With major power outages now and then and the rising cost of everything and the increased usage of electronic gadgets, it makes sense to pay attention to electricity a little more closely.  I think I might bake a cake celebrating the beginning of the end and also new beginnings.


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