New ESL Light Bulbs to Hit Lowe’s Soon

Turns out the new Electron Stimulated Luminescence (ESL) R30 light bulb by Vu1 Corporation, which we first mentioned in January 2011, will be available at Lowes.com in December 2011 and in Lowe’s stores nationwide in February 2012, according to a company statement.  The flood light is expected to retail for $14.98.

The ESL R30 replaces the common 65-watt incandescent flood bulb.  It’s mercury free, unlike certain CFLs, and fully dimmable.  It shines at 600 lumens, uses 19.5 watts, has a color of 2800 K, and has a CRI of greater than 85.  The ESL turns on instantly, according to Vu1, and lasts about 11,000 hours.

The more common A-type bulb received UL certification, according to a press release issued in August 2011, and will be about 70% more efficient than the standard incandescent.  No word yet when this light bulb will be available.

The bulbs will be made by China-based Huayi Lighting Company Limited, which has an exclusive contract with Vu1 to produce about 250 million units starting on January 1, 2012, according to information on Vu1′s website.  If these numbers pan out, consumers will benefit from some incredible competition and innovation in the world of lighting.

[+] More specs on the Vu1 ESL R30 light bulb.

Credit: Vu1 Corporation. 


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  • http://www.logoblog.org Nora Reed

    Great invention by ESL. Thanks

  • Andjsj

    Glad to see Vu1 finally distributing their bulbs. Can’t wait for the A19.

  • http://twitter.com/Mr_Travis Travis Phillips

    Nice.  Excited about this … though I did have to read the post to learn what ESL was, as my prior point of reference for the acronym was “English as a Second Language” …

  • Cindy H.

    Would be more interested if they were made and distrib. in the U.S.A.

    • H8nxtc

      Why are these being made in China, I thought Vu1 has a factory in The Czech Republic?

      • Jose

        I think they closed down the factory in the Czech Republic.

  • Jewellsm2x2

    Can we try a free one???

  • http://www.logoonlinepros.com/ Online Logo Design

     Look creative and innovative design ..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/46CB3P7R65K2L5P6NJAQSE34EU James

    These would have been great a decade ago. Unfortunately for them, technology marches on and these are no longer very good. 10K hours and 600 Lumens for 20 Watts is only 30 Lumens per Watt. The current crop of LED bulbs produce more than twice that, last more than twice as long, are only slightly more expensive (dropping fast) and match or exceed these in CRI (color rendering). If they ever become available I’ll buy a couple as a curiosity but otherwise the ESL bulb is too little, too late, and doomed. They are simply inferior in every way to LED already, and those continue to get better and cheaper at an astonishing pace.

  • http://twitter.com/sucipto_ok sucipto

    Sepeda Motor Bebek Injeksi Kencang dan Irit Jupiter Z1 Hese would be inflicted with been splendid a decade past. Unfortunately pro them, equipment marches on and these are thumbs down longer very skilled. 10K hours and 600 Lumens pro 20 Watts is single 30 Lumens for every Watt. The current crop of LED bulbs yield more than twice with the intention of, continue more than twice as long, are single vaguely more expensive (dropping fast) and match or exceed these in CRI (color rendering). If they always be converted into unfilled I’ll approve of a link as a curiosity but otherwise the ESL bulb is too little, too in the dead of night, and doomed. They are simply second-rate in each way to LED already, and persons take up again to make better and cheaper by an astonishing pace.

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