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These innovations are changing how we live, work and play, and they could even save us money by using less electricity. Take a look at some of these new inventions!
Some people say the light bulb is a symbol of innovation. However, it's true that at one time, there was no other way to get artificial light into rooms than by burning candles or gas lamps.
A lot of progress has been made in the world of light bulbs over the last few years. The futuristic technology that has graced the screens of science fiction films for decades is now a reality. We can now control our lights through our computers, televisions, and even our phones! It's all thanks to some innovative thinking and individual efforts by companies around the globe.
But as soon as Thomas Edison invented his first commercially successful incandescent bulb in 1879, he started an avalanche of innovations that has never stopped since. And it turns out that these days this invention has come up with some pretty unique ideas to make our lives better and more sustainable:
The compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) replaces a conventional incandescent light bulb and can last 8-10 times longer while using 75-80% less energy. It has higher energy efficiency and emits less heat than other light bulbs, reducing the risk of fire by 75%.
The CFL also lasts up to 10,000 hours, 6-7 times longer than an incandescent bulb and 20 times longer than typical fluorescents. They contain mercury, but they are safer to dispose of than old-fashioned bulbs. And they produce a whiter light, which can cut energy costs by allowing you to use less light for the same effect.
A new generation of Energy Star qualified light bulbs offers consumers more choices and benefits through improved efficiency – up to 75% lower energy use than standard light bulbs.
These innovative light bulbs have helped Americans save more than $1.4 billion in energy costs since 1992 and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 25 million cars – equal to taking 1.3 million cars off of our nation’s roads!
Like CFLs, LEDs replace incandescent bulbs. An LED is a solid-state semiconductor that emits light when current flows through it. In short, they're tiny little energy savers - long-lasting and able to save up to 90% of the electricity usually used in lighting.
LEDs also need less energy than fluorescent bulbs. This is because they last ten times longer and don't contain mercury. In addition, they are famous for use as flashlights because, unlike incandescent bulbs, which only produce light where you look at them directly, LEDs have a bright flat field of illumination before you (and a dark area above and below your line of sight).
Now, this might sound like an oxymoron – how can water power a light bulb? Water is not the only thing that can be used to generate electricity. You could also use gas hydrate. Gas hydrates are ice-like crystals that turn into gas when heated. The transition from ice to liquid releases energy, and it could be used as fuel. In a recent study published in the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Proceedings, scientists at Rice University in Houston have developed a light bulb that runs on water.
This bulb has been designed to replace existing 60-watt incandescent bulbs. It can produce the same amount of light as a traditional bulb but with only 10 percent of energy. This means that each water-powered lightbulb would use, at most, 2.1 electron-volts to run (the amount needed to move one electron across a potential difference of one volt). In this case, the water is pressurized and heated to produce hydrogen gas. The hydrogen then reacts with oxygen inside the light bulb to generate electricity.
These bulbs emit UV rays produced by mercury vapor or by using a special fluorescent coating on the glass tube. They were initially used in table lamps and floor lamps, but they have become an exciting additive to home decor, especially for young people. Although black light can detect counterfeit money, it is mainly used to make everyday objects glow, just like movies.
Automobile headlights are a great example of how innovation keeps changing the way we use light, whether we're driving at night or just trying to stay visible during daylight hours. Headlights use a mixture of yellow sodium vapor and blue halogen gas that had made nighttime driving possible since 1900, when they were first introduced on cars sold in Europe.
Nowadays, many car manufacturers are using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as replacements for incandescent bulbs because they are more reliable and last longer.
These bulbs are the latest development in incandescent lighting. They can last up to 2-3 times longer than conventional light bulbs because a halogen coating on the glass bulb converts some of the energy lost as heat into additional light output. This makes them efficient enough to pass stringent new European Union energy codes, which recently went into effect for table lamps, floor lamps, and ceiling fixtures.
Manufacturers use both tungsten electrodes and quartz-glass enclosures to construct these bulbs. Halogen bulbs were chosen by the world's biggest producer of light bulbs because they offer an improvement over standard incandescent lights in terms of longevity, lower energy consumption, improved visibility, brighter colors, and whiter light output.
This type of device turns on lights when anything moves within a specific range and switches them off after some time if there is no movement detected. These devices save electricity because they turn on only when needed. They are ideal for use in places such as driveways where you might need extra security but not all night long. The motion sensor has two parts; an infrared emitter (the light source) and an infrared receiver, also known as an infrared detector or PIR (Passive Infrared) sensor.