frog design: LED Light Bulb – Lifetime of 30 Years

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Still in love with the “old school” design of the classical light bulbs, or the form factor of the new CFL light bulb does not fit the light socket you would like to use it with?

Check out the latest case study from frog design about a LED based bulb, below you’ll find a short excerpt about their LED light bulb:

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We examined high-powered LEDs instead. They use significantly less power than a CFL, can be tuned to give a pleasant color output and contain no mercury. The drawback is that high-output LEDs create heat (although not nearly as much as incandescent lights) that needs to be dissipated, or the life of the LED is greatly affected.

As our ideas began to focus on combining LEDs with a fluorescent, we sketched several forms that tried to create harmony between the two technologies. The idea of creating a separation between work and home life through the modulation of the color output drove some of our early forms. As soon as we chose to use only high-output LEDs, our forms changed significantly, rendering the old concepts no longer valid.

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As designers are inclined to do, we started to create beautiful forms that revolved around the advantages of the new technology and the form factor it lent itself to. This may have been our biggest wrong turn. With LEDs, that form was flat and thin; but this would not solve the problem we had defined for ourselves. To create the biggest impact on society, this design had to keep the barriers to acceptance as low as practical—which in part meant no super-sexy, fluid designs that would only be found in high-end design stores. Any unnecessary styling would cause a rift in its mainstream acceptance.

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I really like the fact that the product designers used a very traditional form factor and combining it with a innovative technology, and extended the life span by many years even compared to the CFL based bulbs. I am curious to learn how many lumen this bulb will be able to produce and what kind of heat gets produced by this (see heat sink / led of the bulb on the right). Hope that frog design is going to find a way to bring this to market!

What do you think about this case study, or have you seen other innovative, energy conserving lighting ideas?

Photo Credit: Frog Design

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  • http://www.atpcanada.ca Sanjay Modi

    This bulb is already on the market in a big way! This type of bulb is a great advancement for the LED world.

    We are an Energy Efficient Lighting Distributor from just outside Toronto, Ontario, Canada specializing in LED lighting such as the one mentioned in this article. The lumen comparison is incredible!

    You can refer to http://www.atpcanada.ca for more about our company and products.

    Bulbs are available for sale, feel free to contact us.

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    Thanks for letting us know, Sanjay! Appreciate your message.

    To our readers: Go check out the company website mentioned above and let us know if you know of other businesses selling LED lighting!

    Cheers,

    Marco

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  • Rick

    Looking at an LED light bulb i have a much better idea. LEC development if done correctly will produce a more efficient light source and last longer and can be as flexible as need be and operate at less energy used than any LED source.

  • http://www.lyco.co.uk Bevis

    Great potential in LED lights, not just because they do not need to use mercury, but because potentially they have a very much longer life even than the new energy-efficient lights. we very much hope that we can see the new technology come on to the market within the next few years.

  • Tony

    Good FAQ about LED-based lighting can be read at http://pearlled.blogspot.com

    There’re also analyses of oversea products and about false advertising.

  • http://www.vinaccia.it valerio vinaccia

    I think the right way is not to try to simulate the original bulbs using LED, perhaps this can be

    right only for the phase of “transition”.

    You can also design LED lamps, working from the beginning to use the light source LED, getting

    the best.

    We are working at this theme for a couple of years, take a look at:

    http://lampade-led.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.elementalled.com Elemental LED staff

    Nice post. And good to hear about lighting designers thoughtfully tackling the task of integrating the characteristics of LEDs with functionality. Apart from the efficiency of LEDs, which is twice that of CFLs, and their lifespan (estimates run from twice to ten times that of CFLs), the most exciting thing about LEDs is that they are not just “light bulb-shaped”! Their compactness and flatness open up so many possibilities for design and use, and we are starting to see very interesting light fixtures emerging into the market.

  • http://www.electronics-china.net xhming

    30 years? i can’t belive it.
    we have several years of experience in LED lights