10 May '12, 1pm

LED Bulb Cools Off by Breathing

LED Bulb Cools Off by Breathing

Lately it seems like there's a new LED bulb being introduced every day, but what's been exciting about that is that a lot of these new bulbs are featuring some pretty neat breakthroughs in technology. The new 100-watt equivalent bulb just introduced by GE is just one of those bulbs with a cool solution to keeping the lamp from overheating -- it breathes. Yes, it breathes. LED lamps can get very hot and, especially with the brighter replacement bulbs, keeping them cool has been an issue. Previous entries have been large, clunky bulbs featuring mechanical fans that keep them cool. GE's approach in its Energy Smart bulb is much more high-tech and it allows the bulb to be the first 100-watt equivalent to be small enough to fit standard household lamps and fixtures. The "breathing" is done by a diaphragm embedded in the bulb that vibrates to create a current of cool air, much l...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/breathing-led-...

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