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Panasonic Reveals LED-Based Light Bulbs

During a press conference held today in Tokyo, Panasonic revealed its new EVERLEDS LED line-up consisting of eight LED-based light light bulbs that are supposedly, according to the company, the most energy efficient, lightest and smallest LED-based light bulbs in the industry. Unfortunately, the bulbs aren't ready for American shores just yet, however the LED bulbs are set to go on sale in Japan on October 21.

According to Panasonic, the new LED bulbs use the company's heat dissipation technology to increase the bulb's energy-efficiency. This means that as the LED bulb decreases in temperature, the LED's luminous efficiency increases. The achieve this, Panasonic applied a treatment of alumite on the surface to increase heat dissipation. Panasonic said that "tightly" joining the LED package and the casing helped achieve the high energy efficiency as well.

"When used as a downlight, the 6.9 W standard type LED bulbs deliver the brightness equivalent to 60 W incandescent bulbs," the company said. "That means it can save up to 2,000 yen per year on energy bills. The 4.0 W standard and 5.5 W compact LED bulbs produce the output comparable to 40 W incandescents and the 7.6 W standard LED bulbs have the brightness of 60 W incandescents when used as a downlight."

Panasonic said that the LED bulbs are the lightest in the industry due to their thin casing and a large reduction in aluminum. The standard size E26 base bulb weighs only 3.5 ounces and the compact size E17 base bulb weighs 1.75 ounces. Hopefully Panasonic's EVERLEDS will hit our shores by the end of the year.