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Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Former IKEA Execs Look To “Revolutionize” LED Light Bulbs

April 9th, 2014 by  


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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Image credit: EcoLights Green Technologies


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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