Our revolutionary (patent pending) heat pipe design delivers unprecedented efficiency - energy goes to light rather than to heat, providing best ever lifetime!
We, Gembird Europe BV, are a European manufacturer of computer-related products. We are happy to use this Kickstarter project to announce our revolutionary EnerGenie LED bulb based upon (patent pending) heat pipe design. Heat pipes are quite common solution for cooling computer CPUs but so far have never been used in LED bulbs.
The biggest problem of traditional LED bulbs is heat. The heat not only decreases overall performance of the bulb but also causes long-term degradation of the LEDs and even the bulb to totally fail. Our engineering team used their expert knowledge in the CPU cooling field to construct the most efficient LED bulb in the world!
EnerGenie LED bulb produces awesome 135 lumens per watt. It is around 40% better than the traditional LED bulbs!
We placed LEDs in three dimensions in our EnerGenie LED bulb as opposed to the traditional 2D placement of the LEDs. The outcome is a far greater lit area - 330 degrees, while traditional LED bulbs barely provide 140-160 degrees.
The EnerGenie LED bulb is available in color temperatures of 2700K (warm light - most popular) and 4000K (white neutral light).
The EnerGenie LED bulb has a Color Rendering Index of 82 and is available in High CRI version (CRI 92). The colors would look natural with our EnerGenie LED bulb!
Efficient cooling of the LEDs means there will be no decrease in light output over years of use, while traditional LED bulbs lose around 30% of their intensity after just 10000 hours.
The driver is well separated from the heat source - failure of EnerGenie LED bulb is virtually impossible.
An EnerGenie LED bulb will work perfectly even in a closed light fixture - where the most LED bulbs would fail to work at all!
During the lifetime of one EnerGenie LED bulb you would have to buy several traditional bulbs. This on top of the electricity cost savings!
There are 3 modifications of EnerGenie LED bulb available:
- 8 W version producing 1080 lumens which is equivalent to 70 W incandescent
- 10 W version producing 1350 lumens which is equivalent to 85 W incandescent
- 12 W version producing 1640 lumens which is equivalent to 100 W incandescent
We have already invested money in production of EnerGenie LED lamp. The mass production is scheduled to be launched in November 2014 and the first shipments can be made in December 2014. With its own factories, Gembird will take care of all technical and production aspects.
The major reason we published this project at Kickstarter is to get the feedback from the market (especially outside Europe). With your contribution you will actually be voting for the EnerGenie LED bulb to be available in your country.
We are grateful for your support! With the retail prices expected to be Euro 29.95 in Europe and USD 39.95 in USA per piece, with our pre-order options you could save up to 60% of the cost!
All the options available for contribution are for the most popular 2700K (warm light) color temperature (let us know by e-mail if you prefer a 4000K version instead).
The prototype bulbs have been extensively tested in table lamps and ceiling light (upside down) for more than two years. Several thousands EnerGenie LED bulbs have already been produced as a test batch. The EnerGenie LED bulb is a mature product and we are ready for the mass production which would take place in November 2014.
The EnerGenie LED bulb has been certified by CE. It has been tested against the following standards:
LVD +EMC Directive
ErP 2009/125/EC Directive
EN 63612 Self ballasted lamps
for general lighting services by voltage >50V -Safety
IEC 62612 Self ballasted lamps for general lighting services - Performance
Photo-biological safety of lamps and lamp systems
LVD 2006/95/EC Standard
EN 61347-1: 2001,
EN 61347-2-13:2006, EN 60825-1:2007, EN 60598-1: 2004, EN 60598-2-1:1987
EN55015:2000+A1:2001+A2, 2002 EN 61547: 1997+A1: 2001, EN 61000-3-2:2006, EN61000-3-2:2000+A2:2005, EN 61000-3-3:1995+A1:2001+A2:2005
Let us have a look at the traditional LED lamp design:
As you can see with this design the driver is placed right next to the source of heat - LEDs. The excessive heat might dry up the electrolytic capacitors inside the driver, the outcome of which is the lamp failure!
Now let us check what happens inside the EnerGenie lamp:
The driver is placed far away from the LEDs. So the failure of EnerGenie LED bulb is next to impossible!
- The big advantage of the EnerGenie LED bulb is that the driver is well separated from the source of heat. See the picture below:
So unlike the traditional LED lamps the driver will not suffer from the overheating at all. We have been testing the EnerGenie LED lamp in a closed fixture shown below for more than a year, without any issues for the driver:
Below you will find the table with the temperature measurements (in degrees Celsius) inside the driver compartment. All the measurements are taken for the lamps inside the closed fixture shown above.
Have a look at the chart with these measurements:
The advantage of the EnerGenie LED bulb over the traditional LED bulbs is quite clear! And of course, lower temperature of the driver guarantees much longer lifetime of the bulb.
- The LEDs produce much less light when they are exposed to high temperatures. But there are also long term degradation issues. See the chart below:
You will see that the LEDs exposed to 100 degrees Celsius (which is normal for traditional LEDs) would lose around 30% of their light intensity after 10000 hours of use. Compare it with 40000 hours by 60 degrees Celsius (LED temperature inside the EnerGenie LED bulb). This is why we claim much longer lifetime for our design!
- EnerGenie design is all about efficient heat dissipation.
Traditional LED lamp has a low-efficiency radiator. In fact only the edges of the radiator are conducting the heat efficiently while the middle is quite useless. The LEDs of the traditional LED lamps are placed on ALPCB, which is glued to the radiator. Consequently the LEDs placed in the middle of the lamp are most suffering from the heat issues. Further to save the cost the radiator is hardly able to dissipate the heat produced by the LEDs even under the ideal conditions of air convection. In the real world the LED bulbs are placed into tight lamp shades with the conditions far from ideal.
EnerGenie LED lamp has a unique heat-pipe design where the heat dissipation is close to perfection. The radiator is designed in such a redundant way that he is able to dissipate 21W of energy while only 8W is required. So even if the EnerGenie LED lamp is used in a very tight lamp shade there would be no issues with the overheating!
Gembird was started in 1992 by IT professionals in the Netherlands. Their vision was to develop proprietary & innovative computer related products that could be integrated with consumer electronics - ahead of its time in the computer/IT convergence. Gembird is a visionary solutions provider for the mobile communication devices, entertainment, LED lighting & power management. A dedicated R&D team is busy with a numerous unique (patented) designs/features. Gembird has a solid 20+ years record of innovations and award-winning products being a leading accessories channel provider in Europe. Gembird has a vast manufacturing experience and has an own factory in China. We are ISO-certified and the production follows strict European quality standards. Thank you very much in advance for your contribution! You are helping to make the world a better place!
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We are ready to arrange mass production. In fact we do not need crowd-funding money for that purpose.
The major reason we published this project at Kickstarter is to get the feedback from the market. With your contribution you will actually be voting for the EnerGenie LED bulb to be available in your country.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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