GE Launches Self-Cooling, 100-Watt Equivalent LED Lightbulb
Lighting company GE has collaborated with creator of LED cooling technologies for energy-efficient lighting, Nuventix, to create a new LED lightbulb that probably ousts Philips' 20-Year LED lightbulb.
The 27-watt ‘Energy Smart’ LED lightbulb will be able to produce the amount of light equivalent to a 100-watt incandescent bulb—1,600 lumens of soft-white light—and is expected to last for about 25,000 hours (22.8 years with average use).
The bulb has a standard ‘A-19’ bulb shape; and incorporates an airstream jet technology, miniature synthetic jet ‘synjet’, to ‘push’ hot air away from the LED and keep the bulb cool—as LED lights are more sensitive to heat.
“Our innovation team has tackled a previously insurmountable technical challenge: cooling a 100-watt A-19 shaped replacement LED bulb without making it physically bigger,” Steve Briggs, general manager of GE Lighting, said in a statement.
“Each subsystem such as optics, electronics and thermals needed to be designed for miniaturization and cooperative performance. We explored the limits of what’s possible and pushed far beyond industry expectations and competitors’ thinking and product offerings.”
Jim Balthazar, CEO and president of Nuventix, said that the two companies helped each other to build the high-quality LED lighting for consumers’ benefit.
“We expected our collaboration with GE Lighting would power some big advances in the application of lighting. Once we came together last year, our teams wasted no time getting in the lab to build on the genius of GE’s LED bulb design, and to incorporate a synthetic jet solution that enabled GE to leapfrog its competitors,” he said.
The GE 27-watt Energy Smart lightbulb is expected to be in stores in the US and Canada by the first-half of 2013. Its price, however, was not mentioned.
[via GE Lighting]