Now, I know what you’re thinking – well, unless it’s hey, I wonder where I put the remote…
Switch Lighting has come out with an absolutely beautiful series of lamps that are being tested right now in “several distinct hospitality properties.” Â This thing is absolutely beautiful, as are Switch Lighting’s other LED A-lamp designs, holy crap – it’s got panache, it’s got beautiful design, and this cooling liquid inside the dome with the LEDs. Â Oh, just check it out – this particular flavor of Switch lamp is the Switch75 (which is a 75W LED lamp, of course, and you can tell from its blue collar!)
Ok, this thing is pretty beautiful, to be sure! Â I love the design; just alone, the design is fairly similar to most of the LED A-lamp replacements out there with regards to form. Â Heat sink on the bottom, LED dome and some kind of diffuser or magnifier on top, but this one just looks different. Â I love how the heat sink continues up into the LED dome, which is filled with a liquid of some sort – I am guessing a mineral oil or some kind ofÂ paraffinÂ oil, possibly? Â We’ll find out when Switch makes that public! Â Something to note is how the LED structure wraps around and attaches to the heat sink – it’s almost as if they used such little material to get the most efficient heat dissipation possible. Â If you work with LEDs, you know that heat that they generate is an enemy of their output and life.
More beautiful photos:
Here’s the Switch60 – you can tell it’s 60W because it’s got a red collar:
That thing is just sexy, there are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. Â I originally saw this post at a great blog called Jetson Green – and I remembered that, wait a minute, somebody tried this before, I wrote about it! Â Now, all things aside, the Switch Lighting lamps and the one I wrote about in 2009 are completely different lamps in every regard. Â Check it out – this is the EternaLEDs Hydralux-4 liquid-cooled LED lamp. Â It’s only 25W, it’s MUCH different than the Switch lamps, and it’s sitting now in my big box o’ lamps:
It’s just a different lamp, completely – fully glass, the liquid is similar to paraffin oil, and there is no heat sink. Â It has a frosted top diffuser either formed or blasted into the envelope of the lamp around the LED element. Â The only differences are the liquid and the LED parts, really, but I think it is important to see an early version of the liquid-cooled LED technology. Â These lamps are no longer offered at EternaLEDs; I did find an old blog post of theirs though that talks a bit about the old Hydralux-4. Â It was also featured in a 2009 issue of Popular Mechanics as one of the Top 12 Must-Have Products. Â Crazy, huh?
I for one am pretty excited to see how Switch does liquid-cooled LED lamps. Â The nerd in me wants to know info on output and efficacy! Â Here’s where I kick and scream and beat my fists until no one gives me the info I need.