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Nanolight: energy-efficient light bulb on Kickstarter

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.

nanolight lumens screenshot

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.

nanolight lightbulb photo

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.

nanolight

Here is what you need to know about the Nanolight on top of that:

  • Operates in 120AC and 220-240 AC
  • Life: 25-30 years based on 3 hours of usage per day
  • Instant-on capabilities, no more waiting until the full brightness is reached
  • Fits in regular and enclosed fixtures
  • Mercury free construction
  • Not dimmable

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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    Comments

    1. chad said on February 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm
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      They obviously need a designer.

    2. Ross Presser said on February 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm
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      I agree. Extremely ugly product.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 11, 2013 at 11:49 pm
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        I do prefer an ugly efficient light bulb over a shiny good looking one that is not as efficient. Then again, there is no girlfriend or wife here that may persuade me otherwise.

        1. Pablo said on February 12, 2013 at 6:16 am
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          Martin, when you’re looking at a 25-30 year life for such an ugly product, you have to also start to factor in the aesthetic preferences of future female mates ;)

        2. Martin Brinkmann said on February 12, 2013 at 9:56 am
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          Pablo I guess that is right, then again, as soon as a female is in the house there is lots of change anyway so it would not surprise me when the light bulbs some day were simply replaced by shiny ones ;)

      2. Morely Dotes said on February 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm
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        If your (future) wife or girlfriend is staring at the light bulb, you might want to consider one with a few more watts between her ears. After a few years with a dim bulb, you’ll definitely find yourself in need of a little bit brighter companion for the other 23.97 hours of the day.

      3. Morely Dotes said on February 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm
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        If your (future) wife or girlfriend is staring at the light bulb, you might want to consider one with a few more watts between her ears. After a few years with a dim bulb, you’ll definitely find yourself in need of a little bit brighter companion for the other 23.97 hours of the day.

    3. fokka said on February 12, 2013 at 2:19 am
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      wow, the video makes me gaga

    4. Shawn said on February 12, 2013 at 2:59 am
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      @Martin

      My Wife would replace all the lights in the house with theses as long as everything is a match it’s deco for her… But considering the spiral shape bulbs theses are gorgeous in compare.

      For me I’d have a 2.0 version that is painted in glow paint… I could sell so many of them for kids rooms it would be insane…

      1. In the business said on February 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm
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        Martin.

        In order for the glow paint To work it Will need UV light which the leds dont produce.

        So sorry to that your plan is a bust.. :)

    5. Paul(us) said on February 12, 2013 at 3:26 am
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      Ugly is only in the eye of the beholder. Is the lamp who you find easy on the eye but has a much higher ecological footprint, not much uglier?

    6. chad said on February 12, 2013 at 7:23 am
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      First, design is not just aesthetics: look at the way square part connects to the Edison screw which makes it structurally weak. I hope it is stronger than it looks.
      I am sure at some point they will offer a more appealing and affordable product line. (Maybe this will be the start of a new aesthetic.) But the whole idea of lower ecological footprint depends on the consumer habits. And consumers are not always ascetics, some care about the appearance. Even “wifes or girlfriends” buy light bulbs.

      1. Morely Dotes said on February 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm
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        Standard incandescent bulbs are attached to the Edison base with a high-temperature-tolerant glue. If the base is filled with something like (for example) epoxy, then the flat panels are rooted as strongly as a glass bulb would be. You can’t really tell from this pics.

    7. Jim said on February 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm
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      When it comes right down to it, I have a real problem forking out more than $5 for a light bulb. Everyone wants to point out the long term savings, but what if I were to buy a $1 light bulb instead of one of these and invest the other $29? I could easily have a return that is greater than the electrical savings. Or I could invest it in something that would equate to some real savings like insulation or better windows. In short, the long term savings argument is bunk.

      On top of the cost is the lifespan. I only have a few CFLs that have even come close to their advertised lifespan. All of them have died long before incandescents in the same circuit. I only have one that is used regularly that has lasted more than a year. So I’ve been paying over twice as much for bulbs that last less than half as long. Yeah, I’m loving that…

      The core problem is that the environmentalists and governments pushed these so-called “green” light bulbs before the technology was ready and created a worse environmental problem than incandescents ever dreamed of. It was stupid from the beginning. The world has a lot worse problems than worrying about light bulbs. Unemployed folks have a hard time buying anything, much less ridiculously expensive light bulbs.

      Sorry for the rant folks. As for these bulbs, they remind me of old vector graphics. Not very appealing. These would have to be hidden under a shade or in a fixture.

      1. Morely Dotes said on February 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm
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        “As for these bulbs, they remind me of old vector graphics. Not very appealing. These would have to be hidden under a shade or in a fixture.”

        Did you plan to walk around with an extension cord and the bulb in your hand? Under a shade or in a fixture is the *normal* way light bulbs are used.

    8. pd said on February 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm
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      As much as I want to support the environment, which is a helluva lot, these things are extremely fugly. They actuall make my skin crawl when looking at them. Yes I am disgusted by my superficiality but surely they can be a little easier on the eye?

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