Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Future (of Lightbulbs) is Being Made Today

Lightbulbs are rather ordinary.  Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs are rather silly looking, and contain toxic gas to boot.  Well, worry not.  The real future of lightbulb technology is finally coming to retail this year.  And if Engadget's reporting of the fin-covered sphere that is the GE LED bulb is accurate, then the future of bulb style will be a bit more ... interesting.  And while the LED equivalent of a 40 Watt bulb will cost around fifty bucks, it will last for close to two decades at 4 hours of use a day, be ten percent more efficient than a CFL, and it won't poison your kids when they knock over the lamp.

Of course this is the Internet age, where Technology of the Future goes to be laughed at.  So naturally, folks over at Cambridge U. are "quite close" to production quality on a LED bulb that will last nearly seventy years at the four hour a day rate while bringing the cost down to less than three dollars.

Either way, I'm hoping to never have to buy a CFL again.

1 comment:

Lee said...

hear hear!

We broke one here at the house and it made us consider whether the investment in them was good. Hopefully the new ones will be here sooner rather than later.