New Lighting Technology – December 13, 2008

December 13, 2008 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

The incandescent bulb is dead, long live the incandescent bulb!  At least in shape anyway.  It turns out General Electric come out with a CFL in the traditional shape of an incandescent bulb.

The GE press realease can be found here: http://www.genewscenter.com/Content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=4933&NewsAreaID=2&MenuSearchCategoryID=

Excerpt: ” Miniaturized electronics developed by GE Consumer & Industrial engineers and scientists are the enabling technology of a new covered GE Energy Smart® compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb featuring the GE Spiral® CFL inside the glass bulb. With this new CFL—an exclusive design achievement that GE has protected with more than a dozen U.S. patent applications—the electronics fit in the neck of the bulb. The result is a profile that’s virtually identical to a standard incandescent light bulb.

Next we have a great article at Ecogeek.org that discusses the best lighting solutions between the three players CFL, LED and those old incandescents (http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/2375/).

Excerpt: ” Amazingly geeky ecogeek, Michael Cordingly has created an extremely useful spreadsheet (xls) for figuring out what lighting option is best for you. You can find out how much it’s going to cost you over the lifetime of the bulb, how much carbon it’s going to pump into the atmosphere per year, and how frequently you’ll need to change it.

Lastly I have an article  (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/12/eco-friendly-exit-signs-use-photoluminescence.php) all about exit and directional signs that don;t need electricity!

Excerpt: “Much the same as signage produced by ecoglo, The Eco Exit PM 100 is a non-radioactive photoluminescent safety sign that absorbs and stores ambient light, and in dark situations, the sign is immediately visible up to 100 feet. It lasts a whopping 25 years with virtually zero maintenance, making it even more low-energy. Plus, it gets builders points towards LEED certification.

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