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Is the LED replacement bulb already outdated? asksLumeVi Lighting
Mon, 24 Jun 2013, 17:20:30 EDT
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 24, 2013 (SEND2PRESSNEWSWIRE) -- Until the advent of CFL's and now LED's, lighting your room was simple. Just screw in a bulb and when it burned out screw anew one in. It would have been nice if the incandescent bulb had hada longer service life then they did, but hey they were cheap andsimple. Now, especially with the disappointing performance of CFL's,there's good reason to feel intimidated by the purchase of an LED lightbulb, says LumeVi Lighting. After all, what was once a simple choice isnow something between a research project and a leap of faith.Sure, LED lighting is energy efficient, but do LED lamps and bulbsreally provide as much light output as your old incandescent one? Andhow do you know if that pricey LED replacement bulb is going to lastas long as the manufacturer says it will? How can you be sure you'regetting real value? A good piece of advice is to look at the warranty. "If the manufacturer's warranty is say 6 years, but their lifetime claim is 20plus years, there's good reason to be skeptical," says John Feuerstein, founder at LumeVi Lighting. "After all, CFL's weresupposed to last a long time too. And how many of those are already sitting in landfills? Are light bulb manufacturers interestedin selling fewer bulbs that last longer or just selling more bulbs?"Even though the new LED replacement bulbs look a lot like an incandescent light bulb, the similarities stop there becauseinside they're completely different. The new LED replacement bulbs are packed with electronics, heatsinks and of courseLED's, all of which get hot and most of which deteriorate with heat. LED's and circuit boards perform best when they're cool,not so much when they're confined to small hot spaces such as the tiny footprint of an incandescent bulb. So just because thepear shape worked great for sealing a tungsten filament in a vacuum of argon gas, that doesn't mean it's an equally efficientsolution for housing LED's and the electronics that drive them. All things equal, if LED light sources had been developed withno pre-conditions, just as the incandescent bulb was, their inventors would likely have chosen something other than the shapeof a pear in which to house them.Fortunately there are alternatives, because today there is a nascent class of integrated LED lighting products that have beenconceived free of pre-conditions, unencumbered by the pear shaped bulb and its century old screw-in socket. Few in number and more costly than an LED bulb, these integrated LED lighting products are designed to make far more of everything LED'soffer such as extremely long lifetimes, incredible efficiency and soft light on par with incandescent bulbs.Most come in the form of ceiling can lights and desk lamps, but a few have begun to appear in the most common form of lighting fixture, the venerable table lamp. Designed from the LED out these new products propose a lifetime of service withoutbulb changes which speaks to a new era of planned permanence in lighting fixtures.One such product is the newly introduced LumeVi brand table lamp which boasts a 75 year lifetime, based on average use of 3 hours per day; it produces as much light as a 90 watt incandescent bulb and incorporates a full range dimmer for setting theperfect ambiance."Perhaps most impressive is its warranty, which at 50 years is a statement all of its own. Clearly a new era in lighting hasarrived and the screw-in bulb is beginning to looking a little passe," adds Feuerstein.
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