Gallery: Next-Generation Nanofiber Bulbs on the Horizon


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

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  1. bpg131313 February 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I look forward to trying these out when they are available for purchase. I love the idea of full spectrum lighting from a device that has no glass or gases involved.

    I do wonder if they’ll have a long lifespan, and if they will be able to be recycled.

  2. Sheldon February 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    “If they end up being significantly cheaper than LEDs, count us in.”
    Sorry to break it to you but they are powered by LEDs (listen to the video just before the 3 minute mark) so unlikely to be that much cheaper than white-light LEDs (which are normally a mix of 3 different colour LEDs).
    Essentially, what it sounds like they’ve made, is a material which is a super-efficient luminescent sheet that will take a blue LED and make it into a white light (probably better than simply using a white-light LED by scavenging some of the invisible spectrum that the blue LED creates).

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