When the SWITCH Lighting Co. asked us to review their infinia LED bulb we expected something special and it did not disappoint. The award winning company touts a proprietary liquid silicon cooling system in each bulb, which we discovered for ourselves works really well.
The SWITCH infinia LED bulb
The first thing we’ll say is that changing from a conventional bulb to the infinia LED under the same lampshade was a real exercise in not noticing any difference, so all else being equal there is no aesthetic reason to cling to 130-year-old incandescent technology that wastes 90 percent of its energy in the form of heat unless you want to score political points and make an enemy out of the entire US lighting industry.
Aside from that, the SWITCH infinia LED bulb has a satisfying heft to it, so you feel like you’re handling a permanent appliance rather than a cheap throwaway. That’s a critical point when it comes to realizing the full advantages of new lighting technology.
Part of the equation is the energy savings in terms of household electricity consumption, and according to SWITCH the infinia LED uses up to 85 percent less energy than conventional bulbs. For an added bonus it could also qualify you for utility savings in your area.
Another vital part of the equation is the energy and resource savings involved in not having to change out your bulbs every year or so, namely manufacturing, shipping, and disposal. According to SWITCH, the infinia lasts about 25 times longer than conventional bulbs.
Let’s also throw in the risk avoidance involved in not having to climb up on a chair with disturbing frequency just to change your light bulbs.
SWITCH also sent along an elegant looking Lutron dimmer extension cord for us to try out, and we are happy to report that it works like a charm.
As for the liquid silicon cooling system (LQD Cooling System™ for the record), about half an hour after we screwed in the bulb we decided to take our own photo instead of grabbing something off the company website, and without pausing to think about it we started to unscrew it. With a conventional bulb that would have resulted in some interesting vocalizations, but our infinia was only warm to the touch. So yes, that liquid silicon thing really does work.
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