By >Akihabara News Team
Panasonic Develops Pa-Look, Ball Premium Q Fluorescent Bulbs
Today Panasonic announced new fluorescent light bulbs using the “hybrid lighting method” that provides instant bulb brightness.
Fluorescent lamps take time to light up, and for places like bathrooms and cellars, this type of lighting is inconvenient. This new bulb is composed of a “Quick Lamp” in the center of the spiral that enables brightness 50% to 60% faster, and automatically shuts off after attaining maximum brightness. You’ll get a brightness equivalent to 54watts with an energy consumption of only 10watts, thus reducing your electricity bills by 80% and emissions of CO ².
Tokyo, Japan–Panasonic, the leading brand by which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
is best known, today announced the new Pa-Look Ball Premium Q (quick) compact
fluorescent light bulbs with the industry’s first “hybrid lighting method” that enables instant
brightness. The new product will be available in Japan starting this July.
Energy-efficient fluorescent light bulbs have been attracting attention as an
environmentally-friendly choice for home for their long lifespan and the property to give off
warmth like incandescent lights. These fluorescent bulbs, however, were considered
unsuitable for places where they were turned on and off frequently, such as bathrooms, as
they could not light up as instantly as incandescent bulbs.
To solve the problem, Panasonic has successfully developed the “hybrid lighting method” by
installing a newly-developed compact “quick lamp” in the center of the spiral arc tube structure
inside the pear-shaped Premium Q fluorescent light capsules. The “quick lamp” allows the
bulb to obtain 60 percent of full brightness within the first second after it is turned on, which is
50 percent faster than current Pa-Look Ball Premium bulbs and stands as the industry’s
quickest ramp-up time1).
A built-in timer automatically turns off the “quick lamp” when the spiral arc tube lamp develops
enough brightness. As a result, the new Premium Q bulbs achieve brightness equivalent to
that of 54-watt2) incandescent bulbs with an energy consumption of only 10-watts3), cutting
down CO2 emissions and electricity bills by 80 percent4).
The new Premium Q bulbs deliver the industry’s top performance in lifespan and durability2).
They last approximately 13,000 hours and can be switched on and off approximately 40,000
times, achieving a 30 percent improvement from the current Pa-Look Ball Premiums.
Consequently, the new bulbs can reduce frequency of exchanging bulbs to one-thirteenth
compared to 54-watt incandescent bulbs.
Panasonic continues to implement its commitment to the environmental protection by
introducing innovative products such as the Pa-Look Ball Premium Q fluorescent light bulbs.