Published on February 4th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan3
World’s Most Efficient LED Bulb?
February 4th, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
The NanoLight is claimed to be the most efficient LED bulb, according to its creators. It’s also omni-direction, turns on instantly, doesn’t get very hot, doesn’t get worn out when turned on and off frequently, and certainly has a unique look:
Here’s a chart regarding how it compares to other bulbs in lumens per watt:
“The NanoLight has been extensively tested using professional lighting bulb test equipment in order to ensure brightness distribution, sufficient luminous output and color temperature,” the company writes on its website. And on its Kickstarter page, it notes: “Using only 12 watts of electricity, the NanoLight generates over 1600 lumens, equivalent to a 100W incandescent lightbulb.”
Regarding that bit about the bulb not getting too hot, here’s some clarification:
Most LED light bulbs or CFL’s have a problem of overheating within a fully enclosed fixture, which causes the LEDs to start failing well before their expected lifetime. The reason for this is that these fixtures do not allow for sufficient air flow, thus trapping the heat inside and overheating the bulbs. We cannot claim that the NanoLight will work in absolutely all enclosures, but we can say that the NanoLight emits less than half the heat energy as compared to other LED bubs or CFLs. The chance of overheating is far lessened. After receiving various question regarding fixtures, we realized that these bulbs are going to end up in all kinds of installations. Of course, we want to make sure that the customer gets a long life out of these bulbs so that they pay for themselves over the long run. As a result,we are happy to announce that we have added overheat protection as a standard feature of every bulb. If the bulb gets too hot for whatever reason, it will automatically dim itself to prevent damage or shortened life.
If this bulb is all it’s cracked up to be, it could have a bright future. (Yes, bad pun intended.)
I’m not sure if it’s the efficiency or the unique look, or both, but over $130,000 have now been raised over on Kickstarter for this bulb, blasting past its $20,000 target. If you want to join the early funders and get yourself one of the first bulbs (or simply to learn more), head on over to the NanoLight Kickstarter page.
You can also learn more on the NanoLight website.
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