alixHosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community.

David HornIn today's podcast we talk to David Horn of Switch Lighting about solid-state lighting and how it is impacting the illumination market. Switch has been making waves in the SSL space even before they came out with their "City of Light" self-cooling technology, used in their true 100W equivalent, neutral white A19 incandescent replacement bulb.

Here is a link to the podcast in case the play button is not visible: SSL Interview

Here is a recent release on Switch Lighting's Edison-base LED Bulb:

Switch Lighting announced what is presented as the first ever 100 watt-equivalent LED bulb. The bulb was unveiled at the 2011 LIGHTFAIR International Trade Show in Philadelphia. Using
their "City of Light" technology, the bulb creates a self-cooling environment inside, allowing maximum brightness with fewer LEDs. This is believed to be the brightest LED replacement bulb available and Switch is the only company with this innovative technology.

"Nobody in the LED space can produce this incandescent-quality light. The brightest LED you can see on the shelf is a 60 watt-equivalent. We announced our 75 watt-equivalent last month, now we’re announcing the 100 watt equivalent", said Boris Lipkin, CEO of Switch Lighting. All Switch bulbs offer incandescent quality light, are dimmable, and can be used in any direction. Brett Sharenow, Switch Lighting’s Chief Strategy Officer, said "We will offer a warm white version of the 100W equivalent bulb in mid- to late-2012". 

The Switch bulb designs are inspired by the Cradle to Cradle principles. All parts and components can be reused, recycled, or reclaimed so there is very little chance any part will end up in landfill. Bill McDonough, co-author of Cradle to Cradle explains, ?When the bulbs are returned, they could become part of a bicycle, or could be returned to the biosphere to become fertilizer. "With our unique self-cooling technology, we offer the most affordable, energy-efficient light bulb on the
market nearly identical to the regular incandescent bulbs we’ve come to love." says Brett
Sharenow, Switch’s Chief Strategy Officer.

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