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The First Ever LED Lamp That Shines Like a 100-Watt Incandescent Bulb

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You know you should hate the 100-watt light bulb, because it’s not good for the planet, but you cannot help but love the way it warms your room on a dark winter night. The Switch Lighting Company now allows you to not feel guilty about this preference, by creating the first LED to match a 100-watt bulb.

The unique technology behind this LED bulb is called “City of Light.” Even though it doesn’t use many LEDs, it seems rather complicated: the environment inside the bulb cools itself constantly, to keep the heat away from the bulb. As the bulb becomes more heated, there’s a nontoxic liquid which takes that heat and directs it outside; it then goes back in and redoes it all over again.

The LED bulb also resolves the usual problem of LEDs – the fact that they don’t shine circularly. The company in charge thought that putting LEDs facing outwards on metal fingers would be a good idea to solving this issue.

Before putting out this bright technology on the market, Switch Lighting has also made available to its customers the 60 and 75-watt LED lamps. Now the much awaited 100-watt, which is the best alternative for regular bulbs and which no other company can brag about producing (other companies produce only 60-watt replacements). But exclusiveness doesn’t come cheap: as all LED bulbs, this one is a bit pricey too, costing about $50.

However, its advantages weigh in heavier: their lifespan is 20 times longer, making it a long term investment. What this means is that you get to profit from the investment in time.

The 100W LED bulb has been presented at the 2011 LIGHTFAIR International Trade Show in Philadelphia at the middle of March.

According to Brett Sharenow, chief strategy officer at the San Jose-based company, it is “the most affordable, energy-efficient light bulb on the market” and you cannot notice any difference. With such a description, you’re almost tempted to buy it, at least for one room to start with!

[via CleanTechnica]

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