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Innovation Still Possible in Incandescent Light Bulbs

Posted by Blair Eisenbraun on Sep 22, 2010

Although most incandescent light bulbs are set to be banned by 2012, people are still looking for ways to improve and innovate on this ubiquitous technology.

Innovation Still Possible in Incandescent Light Bulbs

For all the research and development that has gone into energy efficiency in light bulbs, it seems like no one until now had thought to address a more simple facet; the actual shape of the physical light bulbs.  While in this case the shape of the light bulb has no bearing on luminosity or efficiency, there are still benefits to be gained.  Korean designer Joonhuyn Jim understands this, and has created a "flat" incandescent light bulb.

Benefits of a Flat Light Bulb

The benefits conferred by this newly designed light bulb are mostly in the realm of transit and storage.  All light bulbs bulbs have to make it from factories to stores, and it matters how sturdy and shatter-resistant the bulbs are for transit.  The unique design of these incandescent light bulbs greatly increases the physical fortitude of the glass on the bulb, helping to prevent breaks during transit.  The flattening of the light bulb is also extended to the screw-in base, which means these light bulbs can be stacked on top of each other, which aids significantly in storage.  No rolling light bulbs falling off shelves!
I would have loved to have incandescent light bulbs like this years ago.  I can recall many times having to place light bulbs in precarious positions while I balanced on a chair or something to reach a light fixture which needed replacement light bulbs, all the while almost expecting the replacements to just roll away and smash into the ground.  It may be a little too late to implement such a design change, considering the legislation banning incandescent light bulbs in 2012, but this is the kind of relentless innovation that keeps taking humanity farther into progress.

Flat Energy Efficient Light Bulbs?

I'd like to see this kind of design mentality applied to compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED light bulbs.  Those two energy efficient technologies are certainly here to stay, and could benefit more from minds like Joonhuyn Kim's than could incandescent light bulbs.  In any case, I'd like to see one of these flat light bulbs firsthand.
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Blair Eisenbraun
Blair is an incredibly versatile copywriter. He enjoys researching and mastering his subject matter and provides interesting and engaging commentary through his gift of writing. In his downtime, he is an avid gamer and enjoys finding the humor in life.
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