SERIOUS MONDAY: SUPER-EFFICIENT LIGHT BULB UNDER DEVELOPMENT

A new super-efficient light bulb being developed at Glasgow University could mean the end of traditional light bulbs.

Scientists have found a way to make light emitting diodes (LEDs) suitable for use in  light bulbs and they will use a lot less power than our current energy efficient light bulbs.

The technology is already used in mobile phones and computers, but until now it was not thought powerful enough for lighting. However, the new project involves making tiny holes in the surface of LEDs so that they give out a lot more light.
Project leader, Dr Faiz Rahman, said: “As yet, LEDs have not been introduced as the standard lighting in homes because the process of making the holes is very time consuming and expensive.

“However, we believe we have found a way of imprinting the holes into billions of LEDs at a far greater speed, but at a much lower cost.”

Assuming that the project leads to mass production of new LED bulbs, the energy savings could be absolutely massive. And if you want to see the incredible difference in power usage, check out this video:       

In the meantime, however, it still makes sense to swap traditional bulbs for energy saving bulbs where possible – and of course, switch off the lights when you leave a room 🙂

Have a wonderful New Year’s celebration everyone. See you in 2008 !

Susan

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