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The rechargeable LED lightglobe


September 5, 2010

Didn't Uncle Fester do this years ago?

Didn't Uncle Fester do this years ago?

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Now here's something we've never seen before – a rechargeable lightglobe. Chinese company Magic Bulb has patented a new type of device which incorporates a battery and LED lightblobe to produce a lightglobe which uses only 4 watts but produces the equivalent light of a traditional 50W globe. If the power fails, the globe will keep running for around three hours or it can be screwed out of its socket and the handle extended to turn it into a bright torch.

The Magic Bulb was on show in the China section of IFA in Berlin this week and is expected to retail for between US$30 and $40 when it finds distribution in other parts of the world. Does it have a significant and viable point-of-difference to other globes – you betcha!

It's a set and forget solution that will almost certainly come in handy when the electricity goes down next. It has a life of 20,000 hours, saves over 70 percent of the power used by an equivalent brightness 50W filament globe, and meets all the international standards.


how does ist know if there is a power outage ?

Raimund Appel

I think Providence will tell it the moment. Seriously, nowadays emergency lights are pretty good in spotting outages by themselves

Davide Baldini


I saw things like that more than 20 years ago: what is patented? the bulb-shape? whats the difference between that, and a normal emergency lamp?

Gianluca Sini

This would have been brilliant in the Canterbury Earthquake. Households don\'t normally have emergency lighting so these would have been ideal.


hey I think its great and sure some products have been similiar , but some ppl mare missing the point it is that it can work with existing sockets you don\'t need to rewire or anything and its a bulb not a socket plug.

Dennis Labossiere

One of the problems of the spread of LED technology is cost of the LED bulb and lack of facilities for mass manufacture across the globe.

It may be easier to have large scale production of OLED. Efforts are on to combine fluorescence and phosphorescence to create the most efficient organic white light emitting diode. GE will use a high-speed roll-to-roll production process that is significantly more efficient.

Imagine the complete walls of rooms illuminated with soft OLED lights!

S P S Sabharwal

So when you turn off the light, does it think there is a power outage and it therefore stays on?

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