Photos via Journee and Lighting Science
We’ve been expecting it…the next generation of lighting is coming within a few months. And our next generation of lighting is going to look really weird.
Osram Sylvania and Philips, and many others are introducing LED bulbs to the US markets and across the world, but it isn’t likely that a quick switch to the ultra energy efficient technology will happen in a blink. Thanks to their odd-looking design, the LED bulbs will be able to dissipate heat quickly, which extends their lifetime and light quality. So there’s a method to the madness.
And while many embrace new technology that looks like the future, others want something a little closer to what they know. Which is why some bulbs are being designed to look like incandescents or cool track lighting, shown above, and we’ve seen some other interesting concepts for LED bulbs and fixtures.
The reason the switch won’t come fast is pricing. LED bulbs are expensive. While they’re expected to drop in price after a while, you’ll be expected to drop anywhere from $100 to $400 depending on the lighting you choose. That’s quite a lot for a light bulb. However, when you think ahead to what you’ll be saving on electricity and the long life expectancy of LED bulbs, it evens out pretty well.
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