With big names like Phillips and Osram Sylvania rolling out LED bulbs offering outputs equivalent to those soon-to-be-obsolete incandescents, why consider a bulb from a less familiar name? In a single term: cradle-to-cradle-inspired design.
A new 100-watt equivalent LED bulb from Switch claims to couple incandescent light quality and performance with the energy savings of an LED. The bulb itself resembles an incandescent, but features a cluster of LED lights that face outward, solving the problem of uni-directionality in older LED bulbs. Most importantly, according to Switch, the entire bulb is reusable and reclaimable – to do so, however, it looks like you have to ship the bulb back to the company when done with it.
Greengadgeting reports that the bulb is filled with a non-toxic liquid that flows towards the surface when heated. This helps to keep the lights cool while getting the maximum lumens out of a bulb with a minimum number of LEDs.
No detailed word on price yet, but the Switch 100-watt equivalent LED bulb is expected to pay for itself in around a year, via savings on energy bills.