NanoLight project promises world’s most efficient bulb

While light bulbs might not be the most exciting product in the technological landscape, they are necessity and happen to be overdue for a mass upgrade. Much of the country still uses incandescent bulbs, although many have switched to compact fluorescents. Even still, the technology exists to have much more energy efficient and more feature-rich — usually LED — light bulbs.

The NanoLight promises the equivalent power of a 100-watt incandescent light bulb while consuming just 12 watts. By comparison, an average 100-watt replacement compact fluorescent bulb uses about 24 watts of electricity, and a typical 100W-equivalent LED bulb uses around 20 watts.

Of course, rhat’s assuming you can find a 100W-equivalent LED bulb — they are still rather rare. Most of the super energy efficient options on the market today are not only expensive but they only provide lighting that is equivalent to a 60W incandescent bulb or less. NanoLight doesn’t aim to be super cheap, but it does aim to save you energy costs and provide more lumens.

Aside from providing lots of light, what are Nanolight’s selling points? The Kickstarter page mentions prominently mentions omnidirectional lighting — the bulb is engineered specifically so that it shines light in all directions, as opposed to just in the middle of the bulb. This is a common goal for household lighting. Other bullet points include instant-on (a standard benefit for LEDs over CFLs) and cool operation (a major challenge for 100W-equivalent LED bulbs).

Cost-cutting measures include sourcing components from China, and creating a circuit board that allows more effective use of the bulb’s power. These are critically important for the project considering that Philips 100W-equivalent LED bulb is currently selling for $55 at Home Depot

Early backers will be able to snag one for $45, with an estimated delivery in July 2013. Other options include a $1,000 NanoLight with your name personally engraved into the light bulb’s shell, down to $1 for a shoutout on Twitter. There is also a 75W-equivalent option for $30.

This definitely looks like no light bulb that anyone has ever seen before, but maybe that’s what it takes to usher in the future of lighting.



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