First, Switch came up with a 100-watt light bulb equivalent back in March. Now GE Lighting is launching its LED replacement for the 100-watt incandescent light bulb (developed in its East Cleveland, Ohio, LED lab) that packages 27 watts of power in the standard A-19 bulb shape. This new LED bulb debuted this week at Lightfair International in Las Vegas and is expected to hit retail shelves in the U.S. and Canada in the first half of 2013 (with its suggested retail price as yet to be determined).
This energy efficient lighting option joins GE’s existing portfolio of LED bulbs, which includes a 13-watt LED (60-watt incandescent replacement) and a 9-watt LED (40-watt incandescent replacement), which was the first incandescent-shaped LED in the world to earn Energy Star qualification. This new Energy Smart 27-watt LED bulb makes use of GE’s proprietary synthetic jet technology, a product of the company’s collaboration with ecomagination Challenge winner Nuventix, creator of LED cooling technologies.
This strategic collaboration, according to GE, has allowed the company to tackle a previously insurmountable technological design challenge: how to cool a 100-watt replacement LED bulb without making it physically bigger (a key consideration in keeping the shape of the bulb in keeping with the A-19 shape of the traditional incandescent). Steve Briggs, general manager of LED systems, GE Lighting, said, in a statement, “Each subsystem such as optics, electronics and thermals needed to be designed for miniaturization and cooperative performance. We explored the limits of what’s possible and pushed far beyond industry expectations and competitors’ thinking and product offerings.”
The bulb provides lighting at 1,600-plus lumens, uniform omnidirectional light distribution and 3000K color temperature, along with 25,000-hour life rating (22.8 years at three hours per day). It is compatible with dimmer controls, contains no mercury, and offers instant full brightness, all at a size that fits the standard A-19 bulb shape profile, according to GE.