One of the most common complaints when it comes to switching over to LED lighting is that, although they save energy, the bulbs aren’t as bright as their incandescent counterparts. Switch Lighting is attempting to quell these complaints by introducing the first true 100-watt equivalent LED bulb, aptly named the Switch100.
“Nobody in the LED space can produce this incandescent-quality light. The brightest LED you can see on the shelf is a 60 watt-equivalent. We announced our 75 watt-equivalent last month, now we’re announcing the 100 watt equivalent,” Boris Lipkin, CEO of Switch Lighting, said in a press release.
The bulb is able to achieve this 100-watt brightness thanks to its innovative self-cooling environment, which uses a nontoxic liquid to move heat away from the LEDs inside the bulb. When the liquid near the LED chip gets warm, it will flow out towards the edge of the dome and be replaced by cooler liquid from the edge. The hot liquid will then cool at the edge, before it moves again into the center to replace the new hot liquid.
“With our unique self-cooling technology, we offer the most affordable, energy-efficient light bulb on the market that is nearly identical to the regular incandescent bulbs we’ve come to love.” said Brett Sharenow, Switch’s Chief Strategy Officer, in a press release.
The Switch100 is also dimmable, from 20-100 percent, and has an average lifespan of 20,000 hours, or just under 30 months. The bulb also has the same radial flux as an incandescent bulb, which means that it can be used in any direction.
All Switch bulb designs are inspired by the Cradle to Cradle principals, meaning that every part and component can be reused, recycled or reclaimed, ensuring that the parts don’t end up in a landfill.
“When the bulbs are returned, they could become part of a bicycle, or could be returned to the biosphere to become fertilizer,” said Bill McDonough, co-author of Cradle to Cradle, in a press release.
Switch Lighting also has 40, 60, and 75-watt equivalent LEDs which come in two different styles, warm white and neutral light. Although Switch’s bulbs won’t be for purchase online or at retailers until the fall of 2011, their website states that they expect their LEDs to cost “much less than existing LED replacement bulbs.”