On my desk as I type this sits the "world's most efficient longlife LED bulb," the EnerGenie
Bad news up front: In the immortal words of Borat, it's quite possible that "you will never get this
Because according to Netherlands-based producer Gembird Europe
operational manager Johan Vanherle
, "the bulb is not yet available for retail, the Kickstarter campaign
we started is not to collect money for development, but to check whether there's interest from any part of the world. Depending on the results, we may decide to export to the US."
The EnerGenie supposedly pumps out more lumens per watt than any competitor.
Further, he says, "considering the market we're aiming at (lumen starting at 1080, this will be interesting for corporate users and not for private market) the price will be around $40. The price of our product is not depending on quantity of lumen, but on used combined technologies. So even if we would make a 400 or 200 lumen LED-bulb, the price would be consequently the same, which makes it less interesting for private market."
So, um, why did he kindly send me the sample?
According to a letter, it is for me to "test and evaluate" the product and perhaps "give it some exposure in [my Simplicity
Well, to that note, I can say I have turned it on many times and that it fires right up to a commendable brightness (as opposed to CFL
bulbs, which take several seconds to warm up to full spectrum) and I'm of course thrilled to know that it's only using 8 watts to produce the equivalent of 70. Yay for progress.
But as for writing about it in print when none of our readers can obtain one — well, that's kind of an obvious "no."
But I don't write this to gloat about my fancy sample bulb. The Kickstarter video below is worth the watch to learn about the technology that makes this bulb unique (the driver being located further from the heat source, allowing for use inside of closed fixtures).
And who knows? Perhaps the bulb will find a marketplace in America, even if it is on more of an industrial scale. Maybe one of our readers is the buyer for an office park that could convert to such lighting in the future?
That's of course a lot of "if's" — so perhaps just take this as basic knowledge of this product existing and evidence that even in the bulb market, technology hasn't yet reached the end-boundaries of higher efficiency.