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Illumitex Introduces Square LED Light Bulbs

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On July 1, 2010 @ 4:19 pm In Design,Green Interiors,Green Lighting,Green Technology,Innovation | No Comments

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If we want to make lighting [2] more efficient, perhaps we should start from the beginning: with the shape of the light bulb [3]. Illumitex [4], a startup based in Austin, Texas, manufactures square LED bulbs that are supposedly cheaper, more efficient and more practical than typical round bulbs [5].

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Illumitex [4]‘s bulb consists of multiple individual reflector units that direct light straight ahead — so a four by four grid of lights produces a square beam that is actually made up of 16 tiny beams.

The bulb’s lumens can, according to Illumitex, hit 80% of the area needed by office workers, compared to 31.5% from standard round bulbs. Greentech Media explains [7], “Overall, a 16-LED package from Illumitex will put out 500 lumens. That’s less than the total lumens produced by a 60-watt bulb, which is usually close to 900. But the directional nature of the light makes up the difference, says Thomas. The 500-lumen array consumes 6.5 watts.”

Cost is still an issue, however. While LEDs [8] may pay off in the long run, CFL bulbs [9] are still cheaper upfront. But if Illumitex’s bulbs perform as well as the company claims, square bulbs may start to make their way into the mainstream.

+ Illumitex [4]

Via Greentech Media [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/01/illumitex-introduces-square-led-light-bulbs/illumitex-led-light-bulb-photo1/

[2] lighting: http://inhabitat.com/interiors/lighting/

[3] light bulb: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/31/potus-pots-turn-old-incandescent-light-bulbs-into-lovely-planters/

[4] Illumitex: http://www.illumitex.com/index.php?pid=154

[5] round bulbs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/08/ge-unveils-new-omnidirectiona-led-bulb-that-will-last-17-years/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/01/illumitex-introduces-square-led-light-bulbs/illumitex-led-light-bulb-photo2/

[7] explains: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/the-square-light-bulb-from-illumitex/

[8] LEDs: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/16/remote-controlled-led-light-bulbs-offer-7-shades-of-white/&sa=X&ei=onksTMHaHsWNnQel04S1Aw&ved=0CB4QzgQoATAA&usg=AFQjCNHTghQX4jj874Tg44XxuBrOZAOynw

[9] CFL bulbs: http://inhabitat.com/tag/cfl/

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