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The light bulb, reinvented

Ever since the light bulb was invented in the early 1800’s, its design and function has been gradually improved.

In the early years of the incandescent light bulb, the discovery and development of new materials provided longer life and lower production costs.

Once inexpensive mass production was in motion, the innovation focus shifted to features, e.g. frosted glass (1925), then moved more towards energy efficiency which is perhaps the most important aspect today.

With the advent of the CFL bulb, incandescent light bulbs started falling out of favour – the higher energy efficiency and longer lifespan of the CFL bulb are very attractive features.

Some are still hesitant towards CFL bulbs because of the perception that they generate colder light. CFL bulbs come in a wide range of color temperatures, but it’s true that the light can be perceived as being colder than both incandenscent and LED bulbs.

LED lamps have started to take a market share in recent years, though, the per unit cost is still considerably higher than other types of bulbs.

The higher price is motivated by a longer life span, and is likely to decrease substantially as LED bulbs become increasingly common.

One of the latest developments in the world of bulbs is spelled LIT – invented by industrial designer Elie Ahovi. It combines the warm glow of the classic bulb with the long LED life span.

Even more interesting is the product lifecycle approach – LIT is designed with both sustainability and recyclability in mind.

Read more about LIT at Elie Ahovi’s website >>

Let’s hope LIT makes it to stores!

And while on the topic of energy efficiency, technology innovation is what has enabled Micropower. Both mobile base station components and consumer products have benefited from a drastically lowered energy consumption in the recent few years. Which means that small-scale energy with local generation and distribution – Micropower, in short – becomes possible.


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