GE 27W LED packs a punch into an area of the market left with few choices.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- May 7, 2012
Earlier today GE Lighting released news on an extraordinary LED replacement for the home. This coming Wednesday, GE plans to “light off” a 27W light-emitting diode (LED) replacement for the 100W incandescent bulb at LIGHTFAIR International in Las Vegas.
The GE Energy Smart 27W LED bulb incorporates proprietary synthetic jet technology that was enabled by GE’s collaboration with ecomagination Challenge winner Nuventix, creator of LED cooling technologies for energy-efficient lighting.
GE states that their upcoming 27W LED will be on store shelves in the U.S. and Canada beginning in the first half of 2013 (MSRP to be determined and expect it to be big $$$’s). This announcement is a follow on to what they have been providing over the last few years including their 13W LED (60W incandescent replacement) and 9W LED (40W incandescent replacement), which was the first incandescent-shaped (A-19) LED in the world to earn ENERGY STAR qualification.
New LED bulb performance metrics
GE testing confirms 100-watt incandescent replacement metrics: 1,600+ lumens, uniform omnidirectional light distribution, 3000K color temperature, 25,000-hour life rating (22.8 years at 3 hours per day), dimmable, no mercury, instant full brightness and 60+ lumens per watt—all fitting neatly in the standard A-19 bulb shape.
Steve Briggs, GM of LED Systems, GE Lighting:
“We now have a clear path to attaining even higher light levels, which will give customers more energy-efficient lighting options in both commercial and residential settings.”
LEDs are semiconductors that produce light and must be cooled to ensure long life. In collaboration with GE, Nuventix developed a method for moving air to cool LEDs using an oscillating membrane, called a synthetic jet (an alternative to a fan), which fits within the envelope of the bulb.
Incorporate the synthetic jet enabled GE to leapfrog its competitors allowing it to skip the 75W incandescent replacement to provide a true energy efficient 100W replacement.
GE Energy Smart LED bulb features
All including the upcoming 100W replacement are said to offer smooth, incandescent-like dimming, minus the stepped dimming, flicker, shimmer, pop-on, drop-off or even inaction that plague other LED bulbs touting a dimming capability. GE’s LED bulbs also feature an aesthetically pleasing incandescent size and shape, and a design that allows for a soft-white appearance when turned off, a consumer preference that GE discovered through market research.
Who would have thought and like the 9 and 13W LEDs, prices should come down relatively quickly so by the summer of 2014, it may be time to retire some of those older 100W bulbs and replace them with new 27W GE LED drop ins.