As everyone knows, incandescent light bulbs may be the cheapest bulbs you can buy but they don’t last very long and use a lot of electricity. Should you replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent lights (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that you find in stores? CFLs will save you money on your electric bill but not as much money as LEDs. A new company called NanoLight is claiming to have created a LED bulb that is even more efficient than those commonly found in stores. In order to get that bulb, you have to order it on Kickstarter.
According to PhysOrg 100W incandescent bulbs use well 100 W. Switching to the equivalent lighting using CFLs uses only 24W and regular LEDs use 20W. NanoLight’s breakthrough LED light bulb design allows the companies 100W equivalent bulbs to use just 12W. That is not quite one tenth of the electricity originally used to create 1600 lumens which is the equivalent light produced by a 100W incandescent light bulb.
The NanoLight invented by Christian Yan, Tom Rodinger and Gimmy Chu will last 30,000 hours. You would need to use thirty incandescents or four CFLs to match that time frame. You would also have an electric bill of only $50 for those 30,000 hours. Compared to $400 for the thirty incandescent bulbs or $100 for the four CFLs that is quite a savings. Multiply it by the number of light fixtures in your house and you can see just how much you could save switching to NanoLight bulbs.
The bulbs are rather funky looking with LEDs dotting a geometrically shaped outer shell composed of circuit boards. These lights, unlike most others, don’t need a heat sink because they never get very hot. The bulbs come on instantly and you don’t have to wait for them to reach their full brightness but they aren’t cheap.
The company’s Kickstarter project will allow you to invest starting at $1 and maxing out at $10,000. You don’t really get a return on your investment until you hit the $30 range which will get you a 10W NanoLight which is the equivalent of a 75W bulb. For $45 you get a 12 W NanoLight which is the equivalent of a 100W bulb.
You can buy a six pack of CFL bulbs to replace the equivalent 100W bulbs for a mere $14.66 on Amazon. A 100W equivalent LED bulb will cost you $29.95. For $30 you can get a 75W equivalent NanoLight. For $45 you get the 100W equivalent.
So far the company has raised more than triple its original goal. The founders were aiming for $20,000 and have raised $76,659 with 48 days to go. Hopefully, the cost for these bulbs will come down soon. The energy savings is significant even if the bulb is a little bizarre looking but at $30 to $45 not many people outside of the Kickstarter project will be willing to pay that much for one bulb.