Plastic White-Light LEDs: Cheaper and More Efficient?


A company called Cyberlux, which specializes in LEDs, plans to reveal a prototype of a white-light LED that would cost less manufacture and provide more light than conventional LEDs. These two advantages would enable light fixtures based on LEDs, which are now relatively expensive, to better compete with traditional lamps based on conventional glass bulbs and fluorescent lights, according to Cyberlux President Mark Schmidt. The technology was invented by UC Santa Barbara's Steven DenBaars, who has been a big advocate of LED lighting as a way to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases, and Nobel Prize winner Alan Heeger. Heeger also helped found solar-technology company Konarka Technologies. See also: White LED Breakthrough: Efficiency Doubles :: Via News.Com