New LED Lightbulb Aims to Become Residential All-Purpose Lightbulb – The Geek Girl Report
NOTE-- I'm filling in for Ariel today during Lubbock's First News and found a story that would fit her weekly Geek Girl Report.
A company that I hadn't heard of previously, Lemnis, has announced a new product that could take off: a new LED (light emitting diode) lightbulb designed for everyday use.
The Pharox Blu LED lightbulb will be sold in two different models at a price of $4.95 and $6.95 per lightbulb.
The price-point on these new LED lightbulbs is a major breakthrough compared to other competitors. Previous LED lightbulb models that performed similarly to 60-75 watt incandescent lightbulbs have been priced around $40 per bulb.
CNET notes that the new LED lightbulbs still produce less light than the old incandescent lightbulbs.
The Pharox Blu line comes in 200-lumen and 350-lumen versions, both of which give off less light a 40-watt incandescent bulb's 450 lumens. That means that the bulbs, which consume less than 5 watts and 8 watts, respectively, won't give off enough light for many uses, such as lighting a whole room.
While the price for these new LED lightbulbs might seem high, I would like to buy a few of them to see how they perform. Also, I'm not a fan of the compact CFL lightbulbs, especially the safety hazard they pose if they break.
CNET also notes that Lemnis is working on their next model of brighter LED lightbulbs. In the second quarter of 2012, Lemnis plans to introduce three new models with a lighting range between 400 lumens and 800 lumens, or roughly from that of a 40-watt to a 60-watt incandescent. Those lightbulbs will be higher-priced at about $10 per bulb.
The Lemnis line of Pharox products can be bought online at their website.
So, while the future of lighting, and lightbulbs, continue to evolve LED technology may be finally making headway into homes across the country.