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FIPEL – New Type of Lighting Replacing CFL & LED

Wake Forest University physics professor David Carroll works with graduate student Greg Smith on new FIPEL lighting technology

Wake Forest University physics professor David Carroll works with graduate student Greg Smith on new FIPEL lighting technology.

Scientists at Wake Forest University have developed a flicker-free, shatterproof alternative for large-scale lighting.

The lighting, based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology, also gives off soft, white light – not the yellowish glint from fluorescents or bluish tinge from LEDs.

The device is made of three layers of moldable white-emitting polymer blended with a small amount of nanomaterials that glow when stimulated to create bright and perfectly white light similar to the sunlight human eyes prefer. However, it can be made in any color and any shape – from 2×4-foot sheets to replace office lighting to a bulb with Edison sockets to fit household lamps and light fixtures.

This new lighting solution is at least twice as efficient as compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs and on par with LEDs, but these bulbs won’t shatter and contaminate a home like CFLs or emit a bluish light like LED counterparts.

Source: Eurekalert

FIPEL sounds like the perfect replacement of CFLs and LEDs — More natural, mercury-free and higher efficiency than LEDs. It will be ready to be released next year. However, I wonder how much it will cost initially.

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