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GE eyes energy efficiency with halogen-CFLs

Posted: 05 Apr 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:compact fluorescent light? CFLs? halogen capsule? incandescent? light bulbs?

Eyeing greater energy efficiency, engineers at GE Lighting claim they have found a way to insert an instantly bright halogen capsule into the swirl of a compact fluorescent light bulb.

The halogen element comes on instantly and turns off once the CFL comes to full brightness, thus preserving the energy efficiency of the bulb. All the workings of the bulb are contained in an incandescent-shaped glass bulb.

According to GE, the new CFLs offer eight times the life of incandescent bulbs (8,000hrs vs. 1,000hrs). The new products have low levels of mercury (1mg) and can replace standard 60W and 75W incandescent bulbs or other CFLs. Currently available CFLs contain 1.5-3.5mg of mercury.

Beginning in 2012 and continuing through 2014, standard incandescent light bulbs will not be available as a result of new U.S. federal lighting efficiency standards

One hundred-watt bulbs can no longer be made in January 2012; 75W bulbs can no longer be made in January 2013; and 60W and 40W bulbs can no longer be made in January 2014.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
??EE Times

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