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Consumer Technology Former IKEA Executives Revolutionise LED Light Bulb Technology at EcoLights

Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Former IKEA Execs Look To “Revolutionize” LED Light Bulbs

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April 9th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan 

Former IKEA Executives Revolutionise LED Light Bulb Technology at EcoLights

Some former IKEA executives have gone on to work in the LED industry. Forming EcoLights, also in Sweden, they are aiming to advance “a revolutionary new range of LED lamps that look surprisingly identical to traditional bulbs.” And not just similar — these light bulbs look nearly identical to incandescents.

“So much so, that Thomas Edison’s familiar design of around 130 years ago and that of the new EcoLights could be twins, were it not for a secret innovation that lies at the heart of the new lamps,” a recent news release about the light bulbs stated.

“[T]he new bulbs have all the benefits of modern incandescent bulbs, including: 360 degree light projection, instant switch-on, are fully dimmable, aesthetically pleasing and available in a variety of shapes, sizes and glass renderings. The difference is that EcoLights are 6 times more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, have a life expectancy that is 42 times longer and the bulky heat sink of conventional LED lamps is blissfully absent.”

I thought this might be an April Fools’ Day joke for a second and checked the date on the release — April 4, not April 1.

The news release adds:

EcoLights helps companies and organisations to realise savings of up to 90% on their electricity for lighting costs, whilst increasing the productivity, comfort and well-being of users of the lighting space.

All of EcoLights lighting products contain no mercury or other toxins, emit 0% UV radiation and are 100% recyclable. Thus, helping to preserve the environment, as well as empowering organisations to become more sustainable.

EcoLight’s founders are Patrik Åhman, Christer Petersson, Patrik Hedkvist, and Greger Scholander.

Personally, I like the unique look of many new LEDs. However, I know that many are attached to the look and features of incandescents, so I’m sure these LEDs will find their way to many happy customers.

And, in any case, the many excellent ecological and money-saving features of these EcoLight LEDs are certainly worth celebrating!

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  • Peter Gray

    I don’t get why people seem so hung up on retaining the “traditional” bulb appearance. I could hardly care less about that, and I appreciate seeing form that follows function.

    If they’re solving the heat issue, that could be a real breakthrough. Shortened life at high temperature has been an Achille’s Heel of LEDs.

  • Scotland

    Ag-eco has a series of bulbs like this. I ordered some of the A15 size bulbs from them because they were were the only LED option in that style (everyone has A19 but A15 is rare). They work great in the place I needed them (dimmable dining room fixture) but ag-eco’s range tends to be medium/low on lumens – my only wish is they had options that were brighter also for situations where those are needed (60 watt candelabra equivalents are hard to find – have yet to find one that is the right shape/colour/light throw pattern). They can be ordered directly from Ag-eco or through Amazon in the US.
    http://ag-eco.com/retro.htm

    Looks like the Ecolights use a bit more wattage than the same Ag-Eco equivalent (3watt vs 2.2watt for candelabra for example) – presumably they give off a few more lumens too though did not see it posted on their website (maybe I missed it).

  • Steve Grinwis

    More competition in this space can only be a good thing. Unless you’re GE. :)

  • http://archonic.com Joshua Mark

    “The difference is that EcoLights are 6 times more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs…”

    LED’s are supposed to be MUCH more efficient than that. And I’m curious what this “cooling gas” is which does away with the need for a heat sink.

    • Peter Gray

      Really? Last time I read about it, practical LEDs were barely beating 4x more efficient than incandescents. Where do you find better than 6x? Not being snide, just want to know where to get them.

      • http://archonic.com Joshua Mark

        “By the way, isn’t it about time we started prominently rating all lights in lumens and lumens/watt, instead of watts?”

        Yes! These “60 watt bulbs which only consumes 13 watts” drive me nuts.

        I was under the impression an LED 100 watt equivalent would only consume maybe 12 watts (8 – 10 times more efficient), but it looks closer to low 20’s (4 – 5 times more efficient).

        I sure wish there were a standard for running low voltage lines in a house for low voltage lighting. The transformers that fit into the shape of a bulb increase the cost of something you eventually dispose of, and drives up heat and inefficiency.

        • spec9

          Need to do both. People are familiar with 40, 75, and 100 watt incandescent bulbs. List the Lumens AND (XXX watt incandescent equivalent).

          • Bob_Wallace

            Do what Nissan did after many years of selling their cars in the US as Datsuns.

            For a while put Datsun in big letters with Nissan in smaller letters underneath.

            Then for a while put Nissan in big letter with Datsun in smaller letters underneath.

            Finally drop the Datsun, er, Watts….

        • Bob_Wallace

          And I have discomfort with EVs being described in terms of “miles per gallon”.

          But people who are just starting to take a look at LEDs and EVs need training wheels…..

  • Ross

    I hope they do them in bayonet mount.

    • wattleberry

      Amen-screw ins frequently flicker due to bad contacts.

  • anderlan

    The more I manage the light in my house, the more I know that 360 DEGREES IS NOT A FEATURE. It’s a downside. Every interior designer tries his hardest to point the light from a fixture on the wall or in the ceiling into the room. 360 degrees is a waste. You cover bulbs with shades and waste the light.

    A tall torch lamp: points light at the ceiling to reflect it into the room.

    The funnel of a desklamp or the funnel on the end of an arm on a tall torch lamp: points light at your work (desk or book) or at the wall.

    360 degrees is not a feature!

    • http://archonic.com Joshua Mark

      LED’s are very well suited to recessed lighting as is, and there’s plenty of options there. The reason 360 degrees is a feature is because people don’t want to replace their existing light fixtures which have been designed with “pin lighting” in mind. Yes a lamp shade blocks light, but if a bulb emitted light just out of the “holes” of the shade, it would look terrible. The other reason is because the standard light bulb base does not mount the bulb in a predictable orientation. If a bulb just emitted light out one side for a desk lamp setup, it’s possible for it to be pointing the wrong way after screwing it in.

    • spec9

      Backwards compatibility. Yes, light BULBS are a stupid form factor. But there are a gazillion light bulb sockets to fill up with LED bulbs. But when buying a new fixture . . . yeah, avoid the stupid light bulb form factor.

  • spec9

    IKEA is really a great place to buy LED bulbs. They have good prices and good selection.

    • Peter Gray

      I agree, but haven’t had the best luck with their CFL longevity. Also, at least in the Seattle store where I’ve shopped, they had a horribly uninformative, ugly, poorly designed display for comparing CFLs and incandescents. If one had set out to discourage CFL adoption, that would be the result.

      • rarnedsoum

        CFLs are not designed for short use areas, like a closet or bathroom. CFLs, if you read the instructions, are a minimum 15 min ON or their life is shortened.
        Maybe you are using them in the wrong areas?
        Plus the mercury content in them, when you drop/break them. You cannot use a vacuum cleaner to remove them.
        This is why I have NO CFLs anymore, and only LED.

        • Peter Gray

          I’m aware of that short use problem, and I make some effort not to switch them on for short times. Re longevity, it’s pretty anecdotal, but I’m comparing to similar CFLs from other sources.

          The CFL mercury issue has been overblown by those who want to block every kind of energy conservation. From what I’ve read, in the worst-case scenario, where you stay in an unventilated room and breathe as much mercury as possible, you get a dose something like what comes from one serving of canned tuna. If you open the windows and clean up promptly, the dose is many times smaller. Going to a lot of trouble to avoid the hazard from breaking one bulb every 5 years hardly seems worth it. And of course, the avoided mercury emissions from a coal plant are many times larger.

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