Remember a few months ago when a group of politicans wanted to repeal parts of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) in order to bring back the inefficient incandescent light bulb? Well, Panasonic have developed a solution for all those that can seem to let go of the past, with a high-tech LED alternative that resembles the bulbs of old.

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Panasonic’s new LED bulb may look like an old fashioned incandescent bulb with its clear glass and visible filament, yet it only uses 4.4 watts. As a result, this ultra-efficient LED bulbs has a lifetime of 40,000 hours which is approximately 40 years (if you use it 2.7 hours per day).

Unlike the old Edison bulb, the Panasonic bulb does not use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which contain mercury and thus need to be disposed of properly. They also reach full intensity as soon as they’re turned on, which hopefully means that certain politicians won’t want to ban them.

As well as being A-energy rated, Panasonic LED bulbs are high in efficiency with 48 lm/W and have a high lumen maintenance of 70% at end of life and a high colour rendering of 80%.

This wonderful idea which must have been a lightbulb concept at Panasonic headquarters has already won a 2011 Good Design Award, and hopefully we will see the electronics company pressing forward with production in the near future.

+ Panasonic

Via Designboom