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Author: DCWD40 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 2406  
Subject: Something for the future? Date: 1/13/2012 3:27 PM
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Although this company has no public shares, Switch Lighting has a SR product that should interest people at this board. It is a LED-based replacement for the incandescent light bulb without all the hazards of the compact-fluorescent bulbs. For the most recent news on this company, go to this link:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-next-generation-bulb-ces...

For an actual picture of the product, go to this July story:

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/07/...

What I found interesting:

Bilbrough estimated that Switch bulbs would last about 25 years or longer in home use.

"If you put that in your baby's room when they come home from the hospital, they will still be studying under it when they are in college," Bilbrough said with a nod toward one of the bulbs.

On average, an incandescent bulb lasts about 1,000 hours—that's about a year, if you keep it on for about three hours a day. Electricity in America also costs about 11 cents per kilowatt hour (that's the average; it varies widely by region). In other words, a 50-cent, 60-watt incandescent bulb will use about $6.60 in electricity every year. Switch's 60-watt-equivalent LED, meanwhile, uses only 13 watts of power, so it will cost only $1.43 per year. The Switch bulb also has an average lifespan of 20,000 hours—20 years. If you count the price of replacing the incandescent bulb every year, the Switch bulb will have saved you money by its fourth year. Over 20 years, you'll have spent a total of about $142 for the incandescent bulbs (for electricity and replacement bulbs) and less than $50 for Switch's 60-watt bulb.


Here is the SR kicker:

"Everyone is looking for ways to avoid building power plants," Bilbrough said, noting that about 20 percent of the world's electric power goes to lighting.

"The one thing with no negative environmental impact is to use less," he continued.


My future's so bright gotta wear shades...

W.D.
Thank you Tim Buck Two for the closing thought
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