Call me what you will, but I think that lighting technology will herald the future faster than anything else. And I think that improved efficiencies in home and commercial lighting indicate how far we’ve come with technological change. But all you care about is flipping the light switch on and off.
It seems that the Nanoleaf project will excite us so much about the possibilities of technological change that we’ll think about the boring ritual of light switches a little differently.
With a wild design and sound science behind it, the Nanoleaf is the first bulb to distribute 1600 lumens of light using only 12 watts. Common compact fluorescent bulbs, while efficient, use around 20 watts of power.
The Nanoleaf is still only available for pre-order, but it seems like the company is experiencing the pressures of a successful product already.
With 3000 orders already shipped to Kickstarter backers, the company behind the Nanoleaf is 700 shipments short due to such a high volume of orders. But such difficulties will be overcome in due time.
The Nanoleaf uses printed circuit board technology (PCB) to control and distribute light from many small LEDs on the bulbs surface. Filaments and glass are not a factor in the Nanoleaf’s design, and very little, if any energy is wasted on heat.
The PCB technology allows you to control the tone and color options of the light. And the tremendous efficiency of the system makes each Nanoleaf last for 30,000 hours, 10 times longer than a standard CFL bulb.
Certainly a future implication of this technology will be an electricity bill that is easy for use to manage. But what else does the Nanoleaf imply for our future? How else might PCB technology mixed with lighting be used? Does this mean that we are reaching a zero-point of energy efficiency, at least in home electronics?
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