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Next-Generation Nanofiber Bulbs on the Horizon

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On February 12, 2010 @ 1:01 pm In Design,green gadgets,Green Interiors,Green Lighting,Innovation | 2 Comments

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Want to ditch your inefficient incandescent bulbs [2] for some energy-saving compact fluorescent [3] (CFL) ones? Be prepared to deal with toxic chemicals inside the bulbs [4].  Now there’s another option: nanofiber bulbs, which are safe, energy efficient, cost-effective, and emit a warmer, more pleasant light than CFLs.

The new bulbs, developed by RTI International [5], contain nanofibers — materials that are the same length as human hair but have a smaller diameter and tinier surface features. RTI combined nanofiber-based reflectors and photoluminescent nanofibers (PLN) to produce the nanofiber bulbs. The bulbs release 55 lumens per watt, making them 5 times more efficient than average bulbs [6].

RTI researchers expect the nanofiber technology to be ready in three to five years. If they end up being as cheap as CFLs, count us in.

+ RTI International [5]

Via Popular Science [7]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/12/next-generation-nanofiber-bulbs-on-the-horizon/solid_state_lighting_hr/

[2] incandescent bulbs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/26/dazzling-chandelier-made-of-old-incandescent-bulbs/

[3] compact fluorescent: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/29/is-it-green-the-compact-fluorescent-lamp/

[4] bulbs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/01/london-design-festival-2008-hulger-plumen-bulbs/

[5] RTI International: http://www.rti.org/news.cfm?nav=87&objectid=4709DD21-5056-B172-B869E9328CBED59F

[6] average bulbs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/01/europes-incandescent-light-bulb-ban-begins-today/

[7] Popular Science: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-02/nano-fiber-lamps-are-more-efficient-incandescent-bulbs-more-eco-friendly-fluorescent-bulbs

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