When it comes to lighting you have plenty of options to choose from and more often than not you have to make a decision between energy efficiency and light generation. The NanoLight, which is currently a project on the crowd funding site Kickstarter, aims to change that by providing you with an energy efficient light bulb that does not have to hide itself in terms of light that it generates.
According to the engineers that are running the project on Kickstarter, the NanoLight "operates at 133 lumens per watt", which is "about 200% better than other light bulbs available on the market". While it is still too early to say if the light bulb holds up in independent tests, it certainly would be a remarkable feat if it does.
Energy efficiency and light generation are on the other hand only one side of the equation. The cost and longevity of the light bulb needs to be factored in before it becomes clear if the Nanolight is superior to current light bulbs on the market or viral hot air.
A 10W Nanolight is offered for $30 on Kickstarter and a 12W one for $45 which is a lot of money for a light bulb. If you factor in the electricity costs for different types of light bulbs, you will however come to the conclusion that it seems to be indeed cheaper than current options. Again, this is based on what the project engineers claim it delivers, not on third party tests.
According to their information, 30,000 hours of usage at a rate of $0.14 per kWhr will cost Nanolight owners $50. The same can be achieved with four energy efficient light bulbs which drive the costs of electricity up to $100, and 30 Incandescent light bulbs and a total cost of $400.
Here is what you need to know about the Nanolight on top of that:
You can get one Nanolight in black or white for $30 which gets you a 10W bulb that is equivalent to a 75W. For $45, you get the 12W Nanolight which is equivalent to 100W. Note that international shipping is included.
Here are a couple of videos that introduce the Nanolight and demonstrate some of its capabilities:
I'd like to stress again that this is all based on what the project engineers stated on the Kickstarter page. Feel free to add questions, remarks and concern to the comments below. The project, with 24 more days to go, already managed to get more than 900% the funding they needed. It currently sits at $180,240.
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