There was a fine article in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle Home and Garden section on Experts illuminate the future of lighting, wherein Jeannie Matteucci, a great journalist who specializes in home-related articles, interviews my mentor in lighting design, Randall Whitehead, of Randall Whitehead Lighting, Inc.
Randall is a trail blazer extraordinaire and I thank him for sharing his expertise with thousands of designers like me over the years.
Now we are moving into LEDs and, as before, Randall blazed the way. I was right with him too.
There will soon, very soon, be other new kinds of lighting to excite our senses and save our planet. Randall told me a few months ago about one that he has been watching:
Vu1 is a Seattle-based company creating a new kind of light bulb based upon an entirely new lighting concept:
Introducing: Electron Stimulated Luminescence™ Lighting TechnologyElectron Stimulated Luminescence (ESL™) Lighting Technology is an entirely new, energy efficient lighting technology. It is neither incandescent, fluorescent nor LED.
- Incandescent bulbs heat a filament to generate light.
- Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) send a current through a mercury vapor that emits UV light to excite a phosphor.
- Light Emitting Diodes (LED) create light by electrically stimulating a semiconductor material
Vu1's first offering, an R30 light bulb made to fit in recessed ceiling light fixtures, is nearing production. UL approval is due soon.
Here's a video released in July 2010:
This is so exciting! I can hardly wait to get my hands on one. I wonder too what other lighting innovations are just over the horizon?
What's next Randall?