Will incandescent make a comeback?

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  1. cmartinez

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    I worked in the incandescent bulb manufacturing industry for a few years, back in the early 90's. This is a very interesting development for a market that has shrinked considerably in the last decade:

    In theory, the crystal structures could boost the efficiency of incandescent bulbs to 40%, making them three times more efficient than the best LED or CFL bulbs on the market.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35284112
     
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  2. sailorjoe

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    And then the LED guys will boost their efficiencies to beat the new incandescents, and away we go.
    Great article, thanks.
     
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  3. #12

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    We still haven't run out of uses where an incandescent bulb is the best thing for the job, but I am happily surprised at the idea a dying industry can improve because of the competition. If they all want to race each other to make a better product, I say let them!
     
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  4. GopherT

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    The LED guys don't need MIT nano-technology glass blowers to improve their technology, they are still pushing each other to improve. In 2009, the efficiency was around 9%, now approaching 14% for commercial products.
     
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  5. Brownout

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    I'll see your efficiency and raise.
     
  6. wayneh

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    That is fascinating work, but I couldn't help but chuckle at:

    "In theory, the crystal structures could boost the efficiency of incandescent bulbs to 40%, making them three times more efficient than the best LED or CFL bulbs on the market."

    Who's theory, and what is it? They didn't say anything about how they might get from 6.6% (half of current LEDs) all the way up to 40%, or costs. But it sure sounds cool as long as you don't have the facts.
     
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  7. cmartinez

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    Yeah, I saw that too, and thought along the same lines... then again, if the researchers are wrong in that 40% estimation, even a 20% efficiency would make this technology 50% more efficient than LEDs and CFLs. So I think it's a research very much worth continuing.
     
  8. Brownout

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    What's the confustion about?

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