Wednesday, June 18, 2008

PANASONIC DEVELOPS NEW FLUORESCENT BULBS THAT LAST FOR 13,000 HOURS

JAPAN TODAY Panasonic announced the new Pa-Look Ball Premium Q compact fluorescent light bulbs with the industry’s first "hybrid lighting method" that enables instant brightness. The new product will be available in Japan starting this July. . .

Panasonic said it has successfully developed the "hybrid lighting method" by installing a newly-developed compact "quick lamp" in the center of the spiral arc tube structure inside the pear-shaped Premium Q fluorescent light capsules. The "quick lamp" allows the bulb to obtain 60% of full brightness within the first second after it is turned on, which is 50% faster than current Pa-Look Ball Premium bulbs and stands as the industry’s quickest ramp-up time.

A built-in timer automatically turns off the "quick lamp" when the spiral arc tube lamp develops enough brightness. As a result, the new Premium Q bulbs achieve brightness equivalent to that of 54-watt incandescent bulbs with an energy consumption of only 10-watts, cutting down CO2 emissions and electricity bills by 80%.