Light Matters

Edison replacement contender: LED

Posted in Bulb Ban by studiomakelight on November 13, 2009

LED (light emitting diode) gained a lot of public attention in the last few years. It is not a new technology though, considering it has being around since 1962. But the technology did get upgraded, thanks to all the money brought in by the attention.

In the past few years, LED has progressed in several ways, colour changing and range, size and shape, brightness, cost and also supporting technology like cooling and power supply unit. And we have all heard enough from the media to know that LED somehow consumes less energy(how much really??).

From my research so far, if LED is to compete with CFLs to replace Edison bulb in the mass market, it is the brightness, cooling and cost issues that need a few more major break through.

On the aesthetic side, even though, all the contenders below try to simulate the same classic Edison bulb form, they just don’t look as good. It’s might be better if manufacturers just work come up with a new form for LED bulb all together.

The following are 4 LED bulbs currently available as Edison bulb replacements.

1- Pharox 60 from Lemnis Lighting (6W energy consumption, output brightness=60W bulb, cost: $39.95)

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Read review at Inhabitat

2- ZetaLux from EarthLED (7W energy consumption, output brightness=60W bulb, cost: $38.95)

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Read review at Energy Boomer

3- GeoBULB from  C. Crane (8W energy consumption, output brightness=60W bulb, cost: $99.95)

geobulb-led-light-bulb

Read review at Energy Boomer

4-  EnduraLED from Philips (7W energy consumption, output brightness=60W bulb, cost: $40)

philips-enduraLED-A-55more info at Philips

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