Scientists at the Wake Forest University in North Carolina, have created a new type of light bulb made out of field-induced polymer electroluminescent technology (Fipel) which emulates sunlight and promises to be just as efficient as LED equivalents, but without any of the drawbacks.
The new bulbs produce light when an electric current is passed through the nano-engineered plastic layers.
But the best part of it is that the tech may be a perfect solution because they can take any shape, don’t get hot, don’t contain mercury, won’t flicker or hum and won’t shatter like glass.
The inventor of FIPEL, Dr David Carroll, believes that the new solution is superior to LED bulbs: “There’s a limit to how much brightness you can get out of them. If you run too much current through them they melt.” If you have any concerns about longevity, Carroll puts them to rest too. He claims to have had a FIPEL prototype working in his laboratory for almost a decade.
The team says that a “corporate partner” is already on board, and Carroll says that his plastic bulbs could be available as soon as 2013.
Via: The Verge