Recently I featured a post about the dangers and health issues associated with CFLs, so I’m glad to be able to do a follow-up post that seems to suggest the future may be brighter (pun intended) than it seemed. Here’s an article by Ben Spencer for the Daily Mail in the UK about a new bulb that seems to be a real step forward in many ways…
First flat light bulb that lasts 23 years is as bright as a traditional 60W one (and will save you £80)
- Bulb lasts ten times longer than its energy-saving halogen counterpart
- The SlimStyle bulb has the same brightness as a traditional 60W bulb
- It doesn’t flicker and people no longer have to wait for the bulb to ‘warm up’
- It will be sold in the U.S. for less than $10 (£6) and could come to the UK
- Philips claims it will save up to $136.13 (£82) in energy costs for life of bulb
By BEN SPENCER
Philips’ SlimStyle light bulb, pictured, promises a comparable brightness to a 60W bulb instantly
Fumbling around in the dark to replace a lightbulb could soon become a thing of the past – or at least a task you only have to carry out every quarter of a century or so.
A new flat lightbulb, the world’s first of its kind to go on sale, has been launched by Philips.
The company promises its SlimStyle LED bulb is more efficient, less likely to break than other bulbs and will last for 23 years.
The bulb has a round shape to the front but is flat when viewed from the side so it is less three-dimensional than we’re used to.
It is covered in rubber and has LED lights arranged in a horseshoe shape on the inside.
The Dutch electronics manufacturer said it lasts 25 times longer than a traditional 60W incandescent bulb but has a similar output.
And unlike some other energy-saving bulbs, it lights up instantly.
Existing LED bulbs last for around 10,000 hours, while a halogen lightbulb lasts 1,000 hours.
But Philips said the new bulb should last 25,000 hours, which will mean nearly 23 years of use if lit for an average of just under three hours a day.
It is claimed that each bulb reduces energy consumption by 85 per cent, bringing electricity savings of £80 over its lifetime.
The company said the improvement to energy-efficient lightbulbs – which are often criticised for being more expensive and duller than classic filament bulbs – is down to advances in LED technology.
The SlimStyle lightbulb went on sale this week in the US for $10 (£6) and will be made available in Britain if sales are successful.
Mike Simpson, technical and design director at Philips UK, said: ‘The new design is expected to make LED lighting more cost-effective for the householder.’
Phillips seems to be leading the way (or should I say, lighting the way) when it comes to better, healthier, more environmentally-friendly bulbs. They also make the no-mercury EcoVantage bulbs that I started switching to when I discovered all the minuses connected to CLFs. But to be honest, I couldn’t remember for sure if LEDs contained any mercury, so before I started getting excited about their new bulb I figured I’d better make sure, and this is what I found out….
Do LED Lights Contain Mercury?
Find the answer to the frequently asked LED Lights related question: Do LED Lights Contain Mercury?
|Environmentalists have been making a huge impact on the way we look at simple things like household lighting. Until very recently, many of us werent aware of the fact that many ordinary light bulbs contained dangerous heavy metals or poisonous gasses. And if we were aware, it wasnt made clear just how lethal those substances really are. These same environmentalists are urging consumers to do their part for the delicate ecological balance by using LED lighting throughout the home, office, and even in vehicles and portable devices. It appears as though they feel LEDs are the safest source of artificial light.Do LED lights Contain Mercury or Dangerous Gasses?LED lights do not contain even the slightest trace of mercury, which makes them the safest alternative when it comes to lighting an office or home. Other forms of light bulbs, such as the currently trendy CFL bulbs, contain mercury as well as a number of other toxic chemicals that emit vapors into the environment, making them very dangerous for personal or commercial use. Some of the following light bulbs do contain mercury, and special care should be taken when handling them.|
Read more about LEDs and the dangers of CLFs at: http://www.ledlights.org/FAQ/Do-LED-Lights-Contain-Mercury.html#sthash.BqZeZonb.dpuf
Also read my previous Self-help Health post on CFLs:
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