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GE Lighting to debut new 27-watt LED bulb

Expected to be available in the US and Canada in the first half of 2013.

GE Lighting will debut its 27-watt Energy Smart LED bulb tomorrow at the Lightfair International lighting trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Developed by engineers at GE’s East Cleveland LED lab, the new product is expected to be available in the US and Canada in the first half of 2013.

The bulb, which packages 27 watts of input power in a standard A19 bulb shape, incorporates proprietary synthetic jet technology that was enabled by GE’s collaboration with Nuventix, a creator of LED cooling technologies. It looks and shines like a 100-watt incandescent bulb but consumes less than a third of the power and lasts 25,000 hours – or over 22 years – if turned on three hours per day.

Steve Briggs, general manager of LED systems at GE Lighting, said:

Our innovation team has tackled a previously insurmountable technical challenge: cooling a 100-watt, A19-shaped replacement LED bulb without making it physically bigger.

Each subsystem, such as optics, electronics and thermals, needed to be designed for miniaturisation and co-operative performance. We explored the limits of what’s possible and pushed far beyond industry expectations and competitors’ thinking and product offerings.

Our achievement does more than backfill for the 100-watt incandescent bulb. We now have a clear path to attaining even higher light levels, which will give customers more energy-efficient lighting options in both commercial and residential settings. This product fills a real customer need and further extends GE’s LED lighting leadership.

Jim Balthazar, CEO and president of Nuventix, said:

We expected our collaboration with GE Lighting would power some big advances in the application of lighting. Once we came together last year, our teams wasted no time getting in the lab to build on the genius of GE’s LED bulb design and to incorporate a synthetic jet solution that enabled GE to leapfrog its competitors. We’re a leader helping a leader and it’s going to benefit consumers that want high-quality LED lighting that performs as promised.