New Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Powered by Nanotechnology

It sounds like something out of Star Trek. But according to The New York Times, Advanced Lighting Technology has re-imaged incandescent light bulbs for the 21st century.

The new nanotech bulbs are supposed to be just as bright as the incandescent bulbs we all grew up with. However, they’re also supposed to be even more energy-efficient than CFL and LED bulbs.

LED bulbs are, in fact, 50% less efficient than these futuristic light bulbs!

The light is called the Vybrant 2x. You can get them for about $6.98 for a pack of 2.

It works by recycling the energy that used to be wasted in old-school incandescent bulbs. That’s in fact the job of the nanites, which are coated on the outside of the bulb’s capsule.

They’re rated for up to 60 watts, which means you could use these bulbs in just about any lamp or light fixture that’s in your home right now.

Nanotech is also creating solutions in fluorescent lighting. Science Business recently covered the newly developed nanofiber lamp.

The new type of lighting is based on a technology known as field-induced polymer electroluminescence that converts an electric current into a soft, white light the researchers say alleviates some of the problems with ordinary fluorescent lights. “People often complain that fluorescent lights bother their eyes, and the hum from the fluorescent tubes irritates anyone sitting at a desk underneath them,” says Carroll. “The new lights we have created can cure both of those problems and more.”

Coolest of all, the nanofiber lamps were developed right here in the triangle at Wake Forest University, working in tandem with Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. Congratulations to Greg Smith, the Wake Forest graduate student who put together the project!

The nanofiber lamp is supposed to become available next year, and the Vybrant 2x is already out. We’re looking forward to seeing these futuristic new lights in homes all over North Carolina soon.

While you’re waiting, consider whether it’s time to update some of your home’s electrical systems. If so, give us a call for a free estimate!

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