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New Panasonic LED Bulb Gets Classic Treatment

Posted on November 18, 2011
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Incandescent bulbs are still quite popular despite the existence of alternatives such as LED bulbs that consume less power and provide the same intensity of light. But that is not all there is to it. People may still opt for using ordinary incandescent bulbs because they have somewhat grown accustomed to it. In order to somehow change the people’s view of the new LED bulbs, Panasonic has developed one that is designed just like the classic Edison bulb that people can recognize.

The new Panasonic LDAHV4L27CG LED Bulb is designed to look and function just like the common incandescent bulb. It is designed with a visible filament and encased in clear glass, very much just like the common incandescent. But inside, the light is provided by energy efficient LED’s that consume just 4.4 watts of power. The Led filament is also rated for up to 40,000 hours of use.

Not only are they energy efficient, but LED bulbs are also more eco-friendly since they don’t contain mercury. The classic design aims to help people ease into transitioning from using the inefficient incandescent light bulbs to the more logical energy efficient LED bulbs. There’s no word yet on when the new Panasonic LDAHV4L27CG is to be put up for mass production or how much it will cost. But rest assured, it may just help convince other people to feel the same bit of nostalgia for the new LED bulb, just as it has for the classic incandescent bulb during its long history.

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I'm in Japan at the moment and have just bought one of these. They're priced at ¥3,480 ($45 or stg 29), which is quite steep. However, they will justify their price if they really do last 40,000 hours, since each one will save you five times its cost in electricity. (My calculations, assuming it to be the equivalent of a 25-W tungsten bulb and also unrealistically assuming that electricity prices will stay unchanged for the next 40 years.) The design is a stroke of genius: it looks and behaves just like a clear tungsten bulb, with a very convincing colour and none of the purple bloom that you often still see with 'warm' bulbs. It'll definitely find a market with those of us with old-style light fittings and shades.
Eric on December 31, 2011 at 5:32 am
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