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Published on April 27th, 2013 | by Cynthia Shahan

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SWITCH Unveils 3 New LED Products That Could Shake Up The Lighting World



An illuminating press release from SWITCH® Lighting has announced that its first-of-a-kind SWITCH3-Way and SWITCH100 are ready to ship. Shipping is available starting next week, the beginning of May.

These lights are so cool –  they are like small glass sculptures. However, they are quite utilitarian and low-energy, modern sources of beauty and light without strain on our environment. As such, the 100-watt (SWITCH100) and 3-way equivalents (SWITCH3-Way) come from an award-winning product line.

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These true LED replacement A-Lamps were recently seen and enjoyed at LIGHTFAIR® International in the Philadelphia Convention Center (April 23–25). SWITCH has brilliantly developed itself this past year. It has added to its already innovative products, offering LEDs up to consumers who want to light their way to a softer footprint using engaging gleaming products (or who just want to save money on their electricity bills). The lights require nothing more than conventional light sockets, are dimmable, and can be used in the same manner as any bright or compact fluorescent A-Lamp — in any orientation, any fixture, in any place. It’s certainly nice to have versatile and pleasant lights that do not increase or jeopardize our living conditions with noxious constituents.

From the SWITCH press release about these new lights:

SWITCH holds a number of broad patents on the SWITCH3-Way and is the first LED A-Lamp that works in three-way lighting fixtures. For the first time in LED lighting, users can select different levels of lighting — low, medium, and high (300, 800, 1,100 lumens and in 30/60/75 watt-equivalents) — for different applications at the flip of a switch on a table or floor lamp. The three power settings give users control over the amount of light, ambiance, and energy used, with no changes in the warm color temperature.

The SWITCH100 will be among the first 100 watt-equivalent LED A-lamps available to commercial and consumer customers when it ships in May. It’s designed on a small A-21 form factor. With its 4000K color temperature and 1600 lumen output, the SWITCH100 provides the same level of performance as the now obsolete 100W incandescent A-Lamps, at a fraction of the energy consumption at 20 Watts.



Also just in from media contact Deanna Siste, SWITCH’s Next Generation LED A-Lamp was unveiled at LIGHTFAIR International in Philadelphia. The lamp is called the SWITCH infinia™ and it will be available in 40 and 60 watt-equivalent models this summer. The cost? Less than $20.

Unfortunately, to start, it will only be released at limited retail locations and for commercial distribution.

“The SWITCH infinia will be available in warm and cool color temperatures (2700K and 5000K), will offer a full range of light distribution, and is covered by a 10 year residential and three year commercial warranty,” the press release about this lamp notes. “Like the rest of SWITCH’s LED A-Lamps, the SWITCH infinia provides the same familiar glow of an incandescent A-Lamp, while using a fraction of the energy and lasting 25 times as long. The SWITCH infinia contains no hazardous chemicals, unlike the mercury found in CFLs.”

lqd_bulb_art2“Due to the LQD Cooling System, our unmatched thermal management technology, we’re able to offer our customers a more affordable alternative to the incandescent with no compromises to light quality,” says EC Sykes, CEO of SWITCH

SWITCH’s LQD Cooling System™ is patented. It is “the most innovative and effective thermal management system on the market today,” according to SWITCH. The system combines a unique electronic design (a patented “electronic driver” that is apparently highly efficient, compared to alternatives) as well as coolant made of liquid silicone. All in all, SWITCH says that its technology is up to 40% more effective at diffusing heat and thus cooling LEDs than even typical air-cooled LED A-Lamps.

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  • Chelsea Richards

    It appears that the liquid cooling looks flawless and it seems sound that this may be an extremely solid knob on this one; however the price/performance appears only way out of line. In this quick moving business industry I think you have to develop in all cases, and rapidly to be competitive and stay aggressive.
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  • mduffin

    Have a dozen of these bulbs (40, 60 and 75 watt). Love them. Especially for enclosed fixtures where other LEDs fail quickly. Eager for the 3-way bulb to arrive in a few weeks. Haven’t seen any other 3-way LED bulbs. Highly recommended.

  • Jules

    Hi Cynthia! I like what you post. These lights are cool, but I’ve seen them so long now that they don’t fascinate me as much anymore. But I did see an ultra cool fixture on Kickstarter today called the “Klauf” (I think that’s right – check spelling). Now, THAT is innovation I’d like you to investigate. I like it when a small company does things better and cheaper! It’s a linear light, so the lumens/watt is not as high as bulbs, but what it does is really, really cool.

    • Captain Obvious

      Yeah, but it’s too expensive because of the extrusion. They don’t need to put the power supply in it; that could be a wall wart and the light could be very small. The efficacy is low, too. Maybe the fixture blocks out some light.

  • Clive

    Hi Cynthia,
    Switch seem to be carefully promoting a complex, possibly expensive lamp!
    Look at the efficiency figure. Around 60 lumens per watt.
    Thats POOR! CFLs have been able to exceed that for years.

    Grant you life should be superior, but that is under control of the engineered quality of their electronics.

    I am a bit worried about the mess which happens when the glass shell breaks and the poor owner has to try to clean-up the Silicone fluid. Very difficult.

    Experience with CFLs mostly show electronics are the life-controlling factor.

    I am continually disappointed with lamp makers who waste power in poor inverter design. Inverters dissipate heat as well as inefficient LED chips.
    Best LED chips now are around 150 lumens per watt, so a 20 watt lamp can produce over 2000 lumens, limited by inverter efficiency.
    Looks like Switch have tied production to cheap, inefficient LEDs.

    At 100 watt level, good inverter manufacturers have been able to reduce losses to about 2 watts in linear fluoro applications, for about 15 years.

  • Remco

    The lights are nice but still very bulky. See the newest Philips light in the The Netherlands, amazing!
    http://www.philips.nl/c/LED-lampen/led-4w-30w-normale-fitting-warm-wit-8718291195641/prd/nl/

    • http://www.facebook.com/cynthia.irene.31 Cynthia Irene

      Thanks they are nice..I still like the style of the ones above..probably I would have to hold them in my hands to compare..Thank you though..

  • agelbert

    Excellent. This will accelerate demand destruction of fossil fuels. I just read this and I thought you would enjoy this good news:

    April 24, 2013

    EIA: 2012 Home Energy Bills Lowest Percentage in 10 Years

    U.S. consumers spent 2.7% of their household income on home energy bills last year, which was the lowest percentage in 10 years, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis released on April 18. Also, aggregate home energy expenditures by U.S. households fell $12 billion in 2012 from the 2011 level. Warmer weather contributed to lower energy consumption in 2012, and because household energy expenditures reflect both prices and consumption, these changes resulted in lower household energy expenditures.

    On average, households spent $1,945 on heating, cooling, appliances, electronics, and lighting in 2012. This total includes home use of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, wood, and coal, but excludes fuels used for transportation. It also excludes other household utilities such as water and telephone services. Using EIA projections for 2012 based on household data from the U.S. Census Bureau through 2010, $1,945 is the lowest level since 2002. The percentage of household income spent on home energy bills peaked at 4.3% in 1982 and steadily declined until it reached its lowest level since 1973—2.4% in 1999. See the EIA’s Today in Energy.

    http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/news_detail.cfm/news_id=19242

    • http://www.facebook.com/cynthia.irene.31 Cynthia Irene

      thanks

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