I just read an article about some new-fangled technology from a company called VU-1 (that’s pronounced “view-1”) that is apparently and supposedly creating a consumer light source that will compete with CFLs. What annoys me is that I was JUST IN SEATTLE and didn’t even know about VU-1. I would have tried to arrange a visit!
Light Without Compromise is the slogan that VU-1 is working from, and they’re creating a fully dimming, mercury-free, instantly on lamp with six times incandescent lamplife – so, about 6,000 hours. The technology – ESL, or “electronically stimulated luminescence,” basically fires an electron stream onto a phosphor coating. There isn’t a lot of really detailed information on this technology, as I think it’s still in the marketing phases and not quite near release. I could be wrong. Here’s an image of the technology:
VU-1 is marketing the product towards recessed lighting, as an R30 replacement – with very low heat and a design that appears fitting for the application, VU-1 is targeting the 800+ million recessed can fixtures in the US alone.
I have a few questions:
- Why only 6,000 hours? What’s with the technology that limits the lamplife? This is a source that is competing for market share with CFLs and LED lamps (let alone incandescents and halogens), with a price point of between $18 and $22 – as we’ve seen with CFLs and LED lamps, that’s not a terribly comfortable consumer price point, with incandescents being around $0.50 a pop.
- Are there any plans to create an A-type lamp out of this technology? Has VU-1 attempted any research into an omni-directional electron emitter, and what have the results been?
- The latest company annual report puts VU-1 at a $58 million dollar deficit. What’s the to-market timeframe? I’d love to see these in the market!
I would really like to know more about this, VU-1!