GE Debuts 100-Watt Replacement Bulb

Today GE introduced a new and innovative 100-watt replacement bulb that uses only 27 watts with the help of LEDs and jet technology.  The Energy Smart bulb won’t be available until the first half of 2013 at an undetermined price, though the technology will be on display at the LIGHTFAIR conference that’s being held in Las Vegas this week.

In a statement, GE explained the jet technology that’s used to cool the 100-watt replacement:

LEDs are semiconductors that produce light. They must be cooled to ensure long life. In collaboration with GE, Nuventix developed a method for moving air to cool LEDs using an oscillating membrane, called a synthetic jet (an alternative to a fan), which fits within the envelope of the A-19 bulb shape.

The Energy Smart bulb outputs more than 1,600 lumens, has a 3,000 K temperature, lasts 25,000 hours and is dimmable, mercury-free, and instantly bright.

Moreover, the bulb is soft white when not in use.  Apparently, GE ran market research on this and found that buyers prefer white over say, for example, the yellow on the L-Prize bulb.

Credits: GE. 

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  • Bones Zones

    They ran research? The people responded to that are usually so uninformed, and most don’t understand or know what they want…. They hear “yellow” and they think, “doh, I don’t want no yellow. Light should be white! yeah, duhuh..”. And this comes form the same people who when taking an art class, ask for the tube of human colored, or flesh colored paint when learning how to paint people.. If you get lighting too cool, it tends to wash out many colors and gives your home the look of an industrial office. Many younger kids, teens etc, for whatever reason don’t know this. They go with what they think is “logical”, but without any experience to back it up.

    Of course part of what drives the desire is to maybe use 100’s in a place where the home owner needs to do some work, like a garage etc. It can make things look slightly clearer,. So in a way, being a little whiter is justified, sometimes. It even requires a little less power to bring the light. However, go too far, and it’s just ugly and creepy. I’d say make them like traditional 100 watt incandescent. Those are warm, but still cooler than say 75’s and make quite a bit of useful light. Of course the factories love to hear someone wants it whiter, because it is actually easier for them to make those. So it’s no sweat of the companies back. In fact the easiest thing to make is horrid looking, first generation, bluish white LED’s.

    When you go outside, natural daylight is actually kind of warmer after about 3pm onwards. In other words the color temp changes by the minute. Most people actually enjoy a whitish looking light with a tiny bit of red (warm) hues thrown in. As long as it’s not too warm, (candle light), and is useful, it should be ok. But get too cold and stark, and towards the blue etc and I’m not interested. But that’s part of the reason I like getting out of some offices, or doctors offices and back home. There lighting looks terrible and even makes me feel like I’m in an office. That all started back when the first florescent were colder in color, but they saved energy, so offices used them anyway. Even Walmarts doesn’t do that to people as their huge, over head lights seem to have at least some warmth to them. Yet they are still very bright.

    Fortunately, the 3000 is only 300 above 2700 which is warm white. So this light will be just like a warm toned light, But with a touch more white in it. And that should help light areas up. That’s what I was imagining when I thought of a brighter work light. So in actuality it seems they know people want it warm, but also like it bright, and they are trying to keep it in between. And of course the added lumens from the brighter bulb will help as well.

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