Graphene set to revolutionise the LED world

Graphene set to revolutionise the LED world

What is a graphene LED bulb?
A graphene LED light bulb is simply an LED light bulb where the filament has been coated in graphene. Graphene has been around a long time, but is only just making headway in commercial use.

So why use Graphene, if research is accurate then a Graphene LED bulb will be 10% more efficient than regular filament bulb, It is also reported to be will be cheaper to manufacture and buy.

What is graphene?

Graphene LED Bulbs

Graphene is a modified version of the element carbon, and while it has a history in physics since the middle of the 20th century, it was in 2004 that it was discovered and produced under lab conditions, by two Russian scientists at The University of Manchester, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who went on to win the Nobel Prize for Physics.

Graphene has a number of applications in various industries, particularly in electronics, energy storage, and photovoltaics. Recent reports claim that Graphene to be around 100 times stronger than steel by weight, and is hugely efficient at conducting both heat and electricity. It is light, durable, and almost transparent.

What use is it with LED lights?

Graphene LED Lights

When we get into LED technology, graphene helps to dissipate heat from the LED bulbs which makes them brighter, this in turn produces a lower wattage, whilst giving the LED bulb the same effect – effectively reducing energy use for the same result.

It is being reported that Graphene LED bulbs will be more efficient, use less energy, and subsequently cost less money to run, all great news for the environment.

With the addition of graphene, LED lights are said to be able to last 10% longer. As LED lights already have longer life than incandescent light bulbs, meaning that graphene LED lightbulbs will have super-long lifespans, reducing not only the amount of money on purchasing light bulbs but the effort and time wasted in replacing them.

The future of LED graphene technology

While there is still much research and development to be done on graphene and its possible applications, it is predicted that graphene LED bulbs will be the leading technology in the LED lighting industry and will become cheaper than now ‘traditional’ LED bulbs.

The UK government is so keen to become a world leader in electronic technology that they have invested heavily – £38m to be precise – in the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester. This has been added to £32m from the European Regional Development Fund, and could make Manchester and the UK a leader in graphene research and development.